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This is something more than special- Neil will have his way!
on 29 November 2001
It's true, nothing comes close to seeing Neil Finn live, in the flesh. The sound, the presence and the rapport Neil establishes with each crowd that exists for that night when he rewrites the music world for those adorning faces, blessed with enough wisdom to come and see him perform. This album however, stamps something different on the whole music world. Since Crowded House split, Neil has reinvented his approach to music with each new album. This album is no different, and offering a further digression with collaborations with the likes of Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder and Johnnie Marr, this album is not only refreshing, but exceptional. Tim Finn's introverted, melancholic harmonies add somehting special too, particularly on 'Stuff and Nonsense' with Eddie Vedder and 'Paradise (wherever you are) with Neil. The gem of the album is what Neil Does to 'There is a light that Never Goes out' by Morrissey and Marr. Only Neil Finn could make such melodies sound so beatuiful. I don't know how long the world can bury it's head in the sand in ignorance of such genius. Neil Finn is one of the most sophisticated songwriters of our time. Moreover, his vocals and ability to enchant and dazzle with his live performances are as unique as any human fingerprint. Buy One Nil before this (and then buy this!)and don't concern yourself too much with the fact that it's an annogram of 'No Neil'. This unique talent will be around for a long time. This album is something more than special. Like it or not, Neil Will have his way and you'll no doubt wake up singing something along them lines or maybe "and if a double decker bus crashes into us, to die by your side is such a heavenly way to die." Reasons to buy it - Exceptional versions of: 1) Aytime, 2) There is a light..., 3) Turn and run, 4) Paradise (wherevever you are), and of course, 5) Don't dream it's Over. Reasons not to buy it: I can't think of any, sorry!