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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Neil's Finest Hour (or at least Finest 49 Minutes)
Finally! Here it is . . . ! The solo album that should have been (after the good, but world-weary "Try Whistling This"). Lots of loose experimentation, new sounds, and groove, groove, groove -- and some truely odd, inspired moments. Beautiful, more straightforward moments like "Driving Me Mad" and "Secret God" are juxtaposed with the darker,...
Published on 31 Mar 2001

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3.0 out of 5 stars Can he ever match Together Alone?
We owe a lot to Neil Finn. Together Alone, the album he wrote and recorded with Crowded House in 1993, is arguably the greatest pop record ever made in the Southern Hemisphere. Indeed, that band's whole output was so strong that songs as fabulous as In My Command, with its thrilling counterpoints of abrasion and tenderness, and Nails in My Feet ("Your skin is like water...
Published on 11 April 2001


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4.0 out of 5 stars Slowburner, 22 Mar 2001
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This review is from: One Nil (Audio CD)
Now I have to say that I am an avid Mr Finn fan, so this was eagerly awaited. The instant, catchy Crowded House songs appear to be a thing of the past. Instead you have a collection of exquisite, slow burning songs that you are very quickly humming without realising it. Stand out tracks are those with Sheryl Crow in tow -'Turn & run','Driving me mad'& 'into the sunset'. This is very much a family orientated affair with both Liam & Sharon Finn getting involved & to great effect. For those already converted this will not dissappoint & there is plenty of scope within each & every song for Mr Finn to expand and delight on the up coming tour. For those thinking about buying, don't hesitate - but give it a few listens to enjoy the full effect. Gaurantee you will end up humming along before long
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5.0 out of 5 stars Neil Finn does it again, 21 Mar 2001
This review is from: One Nil (Audio CD)
One Nil is an excellent album, lets get that established. It is in a different world from his last solo effort, Try Whistling This, but will be appreciated by any Finn fan and should target a larger audience than TWT. The album is full of deep and meaningful songs but is still generally easy listening mellow pop, and this is what Neil does best. For the album, Finn collaborates with such artists as Wendy and Lisa (of Princes revoloution), Sheryl Crow and Liam Finn. The input from these artists adds a new dimension to Finn's music, showing he is far from past it. The songs are great, from the melodic 'The Climber' to the rocky 'Don't Ask' to the strange and eerie 'Elastic Heart'. Every song is different, but this just adds to the value of the album. My only criticism is my belief that Neil experiments slightly too much on some of the songs and they would have been better with thinner textures as they are performed live. All in all, an excellent album from a truly amazing artist. If you're not sure, give it a try. I can assure you, it won't be the worst album you buy this year.... it may even be the best.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very Patchy., 16 April 2001
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I am a big Neil Finn fan and have been looking forward to hearing this,but despite listening to it a few times I just can`t get into it,sure there are some good tunes on here Wherever You Are and Driving Me Mad are classic Finn but I think the production lets this record down...it sounds like he`s singing in the bathtub..and the guitar sound is not quite upto his usual standards.
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3.0 out of 5 stars not one for you if you're new to neil finn, 1 Jun 2005
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Mr. J. Chapman "thecolourfulsheep" (Arbuthnott, Aberdeenshire) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: One Nil (Audio CD)
I made the mistake that's so often made - I bought a live CD, before then buying a studio album expecting it to be about as good. Not surprisingly, I was disappointed.
Having said that, this CD is very good, with a lot of catchy or melodic tunes that stick in my head for hours afterwards (but in a good way!) - The Climber, Turn and Run, Last To Know and Driving Me Mad are all classic Neil Finn.
Having now bought 3 Neil Finn CDs this year, I've fast become a big fan of Neil Finn. However, I'd recommend anybody new to his music to buy the legendary 7 Worlds Collide live CD and/or DVD first - that really is Finn and his friends at their very, very best.
Finn fans, however, who haven't yet bought this album - buy it, it's one of his best.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Hugely disappointing, 19 Jun 2001
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This review is from: One Nil (Ltd Edition) (Audio CD)
So, three years on from the great if unexpected Try Whistling This and what do we get? er, well. After rushing down to the shops at 9am the day it was released it only mananaged to stay in my cd player for a few days before being left to gather dust. Try Whistling This managed about 6 months. The problem is that there is only 2 really standout tracks - Rest of the day off and the sublime Turn and Run, whilst the rest are either remarkably average or just plain awful, especially in the case of Anytime and Elastic Heart.
Its hard to tell what Finn was trying to acheive with this record, it sounds like he was trying to combine the harmonic bliss of Crowded House with the more experiemental (for Finn anyway) parts of Try Whistling This. Unfortunately most of it just is a mess. The production is cluttered, several songs are lyrically weak (for Neil Finn this is pretty much unforgivable) and, as my girlfriend said after she listened to it, all the songs sound exactly the same as each other....
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1.0 out of 5 stars An organic substitute for Ritalin, 19 July 2008
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Stan "notesforyou" (Bishop's Stortford, Herts) - See all my reviews
This review is from: One Nil (Audio CD)
What is all the fuss about Neil Finn? This is easily one of the most average, dreary, mediocre records ever made, although it would be a very healthy, non-addictive alternative to sleeping pills. The music wafts round the room with all the substance of cigarette smoke and evaporates into nothingness. You could play this record a hundred times before anything sinks in, and long before then you will have given up the will to live. Neil Finn should get back with Crowded House as he does not seem much good without others putting input into his tunes. (The warning signs were there with Crowded House; only 'Don't Dream It's Over' and 'Weather With You' seem to be remembered these days). What a waste of time this record is! Someone should tell him to up a gear or two. One star seems a bit generous for this stuff.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not up to the standard of Crowded House, 24 July 2002
This review is from: One Nil (Ltd Edition) (Audio CD)
I got this in the post today, and having heard it once, I can't help thinking I won't be bothering again for a while.
The voice is the same, but the "spark" that made you sing along to Crowded House tracks is sadly missing - a lot of the music in this just seems cluttered for no reason.
When I heard the first track (played through the CD on my computer) I thought I had a "protected" CD that was generating interference (monotone buzz in the background over the track)- I was surprised to find that it was supposed to be in there ! (it changes pitch if you bother to listen to it for long enough...)
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