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  • Audio CD (15 Jun 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000024B0S
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,002 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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NEIL FINN Try Whistling This (1998 UK 13-track solo debut album from the former Crowded House singer picture sleeve)

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After a wildly successful career--first with NZ art-pop act Split Enz, then with pop classicists Crowded House--singer-songwriter Finn was understandably eager to shed many of his audience's expectations for this, his long-awaited solo debut. The album's first single, "Sinner", was presumably intended to alert fans that this was a different kind of Neil Finn album--looser, slightly funkier--and elsewhere, too, a spirit of playful experimentalism prevails. Tracks like "808 Song" and "Astro" find him incorporating discreet layers of technology and unexpected influences (house music, trance) into what remains, at heart, an essentially handmade, linear song-writing technique. Yet much like the Paul McCartney he reveres, Finn can never entirely resist the lure of a good tune, and tracks like "She Will Have Her Way" also see him at his most shamelessly Beatlesque. The album's intimate feel will satisfy established fans, but ultimately, it can't help but seem a little half-hearted, achieving neither the glorious heights of transcendence, nor the depths of heartache, of which he has previously proved himself capable. --Andrew McGuire

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Dec 1999
Format: Audio CD
Neil Finn, the craftsman behind late Split Enz and then Crowded House, brings his excellent writing talents to the world in solo form with his debut album. A wonderful and wide-ranging collection of songs and stories, from the up-beat "She Will Have Her Way" to the soulful "Try Whistling This" the lyrics call to very deep, personal depths in all of us. "Those words could have been written for me" you will think at some point - I guarantee it. If you give the CD more than one listen you will be hooked - I should know, and I remain grateful to the friend who badgered me into buying it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 July 2000
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refering to the previous review the guitar parts for ex crowded house song writer neil finn are actualy rather simple yet effective. One of the few artists to include thier entire family in the production of an album. neil varies his style from the traditional crowded house style acoustic number to more harder tunes such as loose tounge. I cant wait for album 2 from the better half of the Finn family
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Dec 2000
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I may be biased, since I have been a fan of his music for a decade now, but Neil Finn's "Try Whistling This" is one of the best late-night albums you're ever likely to buy. Punters hoping for "Weather With You" no. 2 and 3 and 4 and.. could be in for a nasty surprise, as Finn has somewhat abandoned the cheerful singalong style of Crowded House circa 1991. Instead, he has moved on and delievers a gloriously understated first solo album with a multitude of goods. Most of the songs aren't immediately catchy, but with a few listens they start to worm inside your heart and soul. "King Tide" is a stand-out with its slow insistent sexy mood and its attempt to seduce the listener. "Try Whistling This" with its painful crescedo of "if I can't be near you, I would rather be adrift in space" is scary in all its romantic, desperate spirit. "Twisty Bass" pushes the limits with its computer-inspired drum loops and impenetrable lyrics ("the horse ate my trousers"?) but remains a triumph. "Astro" has a swooning organ-solo and is another shamelessly idealistic/painful love ode. "Addicted" rounds off the album and its sigh of "feels like the train may never stop" will make you ache. Buy this album, open a bottle of red wine and enjoy long, lovely summer nights with this CD playing in the background. I couldn't ask for more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Dec 1999
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Neil Finn's songwriting gets better and better through the years. His deep understanding of human emotion is interpreted beautifully, both lyrically and musically. Although most of the songs aren't "catchy" (i.e. commercial), the tunes are rich and lush. There is an even greater deal of Beatles influence on this CD than in previous Crowded House recordings. This is a CD that gets deeper and richer with each listen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jumping Jesus on 4 Jun 2013
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This is such a great album. In my opinion it ranks alongside 'Together Alone' in terms of his best and one of those are albums which has everything going for it. A heartfelt delivery of thirteen great songs & not a filler track to be found. The sound is mastered superbly too. There is great separation of sound and a real treat for the ears.
This is one of those rare album which for me made an imact immediately. Some take a few listens to get into but 'Try Whistling This' is immediate.
Slightly darker than his usual stuff and similar in tone to 'Together Alone', it kicks off with two great tunes in 'Last One Standing' and 'Souvenir'. Arguably my favourite Neil Finn tune is 'Sinner'. Other faves are the slightly haunting title track and rumbling and atmospheric 'Twisty Bass' as well as the upbeat 'She Will Have Her Way'
This is mastclass of songwriting and delivery. Some seem to favour 'One Nil' among Neil's solo albums but I beg to differ. This is the real deal and sees Mr Finn really at the peak of his powers. I'd love to have seen this released on vinyl, though I must admit I can't imagine it would sound much better than it does already regardless. Five stars hardly do it justice.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By NickH on 24 Feb 2004
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Crowded House were about rule the world. Voted the best live band ahead of U2, REM, Pearl Jam etc, a best of album that reaches number one in the UK and Australaisia; so why break up Crowded House? Well this is one of the reasons.
Neil Finn is an artist, a music artist. That term gets thrown around a lot so it's hard to forget what it actually means sometimes. Crowded House represented a relatively mainstream era in Finn's songwriting career; sure he did it with Split Enz with 'True Colours' and 'Corroboree' but he also had 'Time and Tide' and 'Conflicting Emotions' to spread his creative wings. 'Try Whistling This' is very different from most Crowded House stuff though it's clear to see where he was heading with 'Together Alone'. There's no way he could have done these songs with the band and they are of such quality that one can understand why he would call it a day in order to release them. As a whole it's a notoriously dark album, highlighted by 'King Tide', 'Twisty bass' and 'Astro' although it does have its moments of relief in the form of 'Last one Standing' and especially 'She will have her way', of which along with 'Loose tongue' gave him the chance to rock whist touring to promote it.
'Try Whistling This' is the result of years of brewed up emotion and creativity and is thick with it's own style, a creative release if you will in which Neil Finn just had to get put out without care for mass sales but for his own fulfilment and subsequently the growing of his audience's musical tastes. The term 'grower' seems created for this album; the first dozen listens may go by with only marginal interest but in it's full appreciation this breathes quality and instills in its listeners the impression of pure genious.
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