As the press would have it a follow up to Woodface and the original Finn Brothers album, but is it really?
It may have the polish of Crowded House (not necessarily a good thing when Mitchell Froom is involved) and lack the earthly feel of the latter album. What you do get is good, honest tunes, lyrics that really mean something and music that has a profound effect on your emotions at either end of the spectrum. Qualities not easily found in today's musical environment.
These boys have always produced the goods in whatever band they were in and virtually wrote the template to what Coldplay, Keane, et al, are reaping now. One feels that the only reason that Neil Finn is not an enormous musical star is that he simply doesn't want to be.
Sit back and be elated and elevated by Anything can Happen or Won't Give In, feel the anger of Nothing Wrong With You or the sheer whimsy of Disembodied Voices. Neil and Tim have rarely sounded better or written such eloquent tunes. And with a track record like theirs that is saying something.
One of those rare records that get better with repeated listening.