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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In Finn Form.
It's been a long wait. Nine years since their last collaboration - the low-fi, self-titled Finn album - Neil and Tim are back. And on top form.
Okay, 'Everyone is Here' is no 'Woodface', but that doesn't mean this album is any less than brilliant. Kicking off with the beatifully bitter-sweet 'Won't give in' the Brothers Finn don't disappoint, providing a collection...
Published on 24 Aug 2004 by misterwriter007

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3.0 out of 5 stars Finn Brothers Return
I really don't think that I am the intended audience for this release to be honest - while listening to this I just couldn't help thinking that it might not even be suitable for my parents. With its sentimental and somewhat cheesy lyrics you just can't help but cringe for the majority of the CD.
The album is well written and Neil and Tim obviously are obviously very...
Published on 26 Sep 2004 by richardleigh12


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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In Finn Form., 24 Aug 2004
This review is from: Everyone Is Here (Audio CD)
It's been a long wait. Nine years since their last collaboration - the low-fi, self-titled Finn album - Neil and Tim are back. And on top form.
Okay, 'Everyone is Here' is no 'Woodface', but that doesn't mean this album is any less than brilliant. Kicking off with the beatifully bitter-sweet 'Won't give in' the Brothers Finn don't disappoint, providing a collection of twelve cleverly-crafted songs, full of killer hooks, heartfelt harmonies and lyrics.
The album is wonderfully Beatle-esqe in places - 'All God's Children' being pure late-sixties Fab Four, so much so i could almost hear Lennon and McCartney in there amongst the fuzzy guitar.
From the haunting 'Edible Flowers' to the surprising 'Gentle Hum' one of my highligts has to be the instantly catchy 'Disembodied Voices' a tale of two kid brothers chatting in the dark, from their beds.
This album is a must for any Neil and Tim fans, an album, which, like most of the brothers work will gently unfold and flower inside your head with each listen. A companion for life.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surely this is Woodface II!, 25 Aug 2004
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Mr. Pct Caldeira-dunkerley (Tiverton) - See all my reviews
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Well, what can I say. The boys have done it again! After their last venture into duo-ism which was a little too experimental for my liking, they have produced an album that almost lives up to the classic CH album that was Woodface. There are even elements of this album that go hand in hand with the tracks from the classic album so much that you might even think they just kept a couple of the tracks back from that recording session just to put in Everyone is here.
Songwriting & Harmonies haven't sounded as good as this since Macca & Lennon.
It just has everything - Highs, Lows and bits that can only be the Finn brothers.
If you like music that is..., well, just music, (the way it should be) you have to own a copy of this album.
Thanks Chaps - you've made my iPod get goosebumps again!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Brilliant!!, 4 Sep 2004
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The wait is over!!!
Anyone who has a feeling for music MUST listen to this CD. Very rarely does a CD of this calibre come along - but with all Finn CD's it takes time to get under your skin and do its work. Songs which at the beginning you do not like that much are the ones that you find yourself humming later that day! Give it time and the songs will work their magic and you will have made yourself a new friend.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed Finn-esse!, 27 Aug 2004
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Mark Bradley "Leadgate Len" (West Yorkshire) - See all my reviews
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Tracing the brothers' progress since Woodface, more than a decade ago, has been in parts rewarding and frustrating. You've got Neil's lyricism, his ear for a melody and the emotional experimentalism that has taken us from 'Into temptation' to 'Wherever you are' and you contrast this with Tim's showmanship, his rock and roll energy and raw passion, most evident on 'Feeding the Gods', shamefully ignored in the UK. Putting these two extremes together, as often as not, results in a compromise that falls short of what the two are capable of achieving separately, at least to these ears. However, that's not to say that this album doesn't contain some of their best work together.
'Won't give in' is reminiscent of 'Fall at Your Feet' - but is a real grower, and this introduces four, initially similar, but ultimately rewarding bigger production pieces. 'Nothing wrong with you' would be a good candidate for next single, with its strings, rousing chorus and slightly low-fi feel in the verses. 'Anything can happen' is energetic and tuneful, but passes you by quickly. Elsewhere there are interesting moments, such as the vertiginous feel of 'A life between us' which takes a Thom Yorke-inpsired direction and the genuine warmth of 'Disembodied Voices'. The high points are 'Edible Flowers', which the brothers aired live in 2001, with its stark musings on death and queasy strings and the last track 'Gentle Hum'. Music provokes different reactions in different people and I find myself in complete disagreement with the previous review. This is, for me, the best piece of music the brothers have ever produced, individually or together. A pump organ introduces a strident piano-led melody that falls into a beautiful chorus. It's a song you don't want to end on an album that delivers some great moments, but without perhaps challenging the feeling that this partnership naturally produces a compromise that takes the edge off their individual genius. But I can't wait to see them live in October!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars is not enough, 13 Aug 2005
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Career best writing from the most talented songwriters of the last 20 years. Uplifting melodies, moving lyrics, a perfect combination to produce the album of the year. As with Together Alone and most of the Finn solo work this gets better with each listen, but in this case it also demonstrates its quality on the first hearing. You wait for a bad track but it never arrives. No comparisons required to the Beatles, this is great work in its own right. I must be a sad old man being passed by life!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Subtle Genius, 29 Aug 2004
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The beauty of this album is in its subtlety. Rather similar to the first 'Finn Brothers' album they take their music into directions which neither Crowded House or Split Enz could go, looking for a more reflective mature sound, relying on their excellent craftmanship to create lyrics and 'hooks' which are synonimus with the 'Finn' sound.
The harmonies sound as beautiful as ever, and the first single 'Won't give in' amounts to the most beautifully crafted song since Neil wrote 'Private Universe' all those years ago. It seems this song sums up the 'Finn' sound which remains as vigorous as ever, polished with the time and experience of a largely underrated singer-songwriter.
The songwriting produced within this album by Neil and Tim outlines the tremendous energy and connection that they have when they perform together. Breathtaking harmonies, awesome hooks that make you want to smile all day, and most of all satisfaction that music can be so beautiful and thought-provoking.
'Nothing Wrong With You', 'Edible Flowers' and 'Gentle Hum' provide the best tracks to this wonderful album. It may not sell the most records this year, but will certainly be one of the most critically acclaimed albums on offer. As well as buying this album, make sure you see them live this year on their UK tour. They will surely provide unforgettable nights.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real grower, 28 Oct 2004
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H. L. Shaw "hshaw21" (UK) - See all my reviews
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It took a while for this to sink in apart from the first two tracks which will be singles no doubt. Then i went to see them live the other night and when Neil and Tim explained what the songs were about then it all became clear . I think the depth of Neil and Tims songwritng is amazing. It is a really good album and try to see them live if you like the Split Enz stuff and Crowded house when Tim was in the band a 2 hour set where they do all the songs off the new album and they take requests and do them perfectly .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellence ofthe NZ Geniuses!, 29 Aug 2004
Firstly Andy-ru is not totally correct when he says that this is the Finn's first collaboration since Woodface, obviously he has never listened to the suberb "Finn" album release in 1997!
This is more along the lines of the Woodface sesions, rather than the more 'orignal' sound of Finn. For those wishing a return to the "good old days" of Finn brother harmonies and catchy tunes, this is the album for them.
This is a CD full of top notch songs, none of them are duff or below par, but many are very personal songs for the brothers, such as "Disembodied Voices" begins "Talking with my brother when the lights went out, down the hallway 40 years ago".
I get the impression this was a very nostalgic, memory laden exercise for Neil and Tim, lots of songs appear to be talking of their pasts and growing up together.
Their musical lives have taken different paths since they went their seperate ways after Split Enz broke up, punctuated by occasional get-togethers in Woodface and Finn and now "Everyone is here", Tim being largely overshadowed by younger Neil, but as they say in "A life between us" - "..we still have each other...."
If you've never heard these two New Zealand gentlemen before, buy this CD, if you have heard them before, either in their various bands or in their solo careers, buy this CD.
It's been permanently in my CD player since it was released.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Album 2004, 23 Dec 2004
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Mohammad A. Rahman (Wolverhampton, UK) - See all my reviews
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I had the great pleasure of catching the Finn Brothers in concert at Wolverhampton's Civic Hall back in October. They were utterly brilliant. Apart from playing some excellent Crowded House/Split Enz/solo Tim/solo Neil songs, the Finns showcased their superb new album. One by one, each tune rolled out like a ready made classic. I got the album afterwards and kept thinking "Best Album 2004" with each listen. Neil & Tim can both compose bewitching melodies and pen very sharply observant lyrics. On "Everyone Is Here", they have conjured up what I think is a perfect suite of songs that drip with love, nostalgia, regret, happiness, sadness, humour. There's no cheese, no gimmicks - just honest, powerful songs. Apart from Brian Wilson's "Smile", there hasn't been a release this year that has moved me as emotionally or spiritually as "Everyone Is Here".
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A welcome return, 23 Aug 2004
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Mr. A. J. Whiteway "andy-ru" (Londinium, uk) - See all my reviews
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It's hard to describe what direction Neil Finn took after Crowded House - his two solo albums 'Try Whistling this' and 'One Nil' showed streaks of Crowded House at their best but were also riddled with sometimes needless experimentalism, that hindered rather than helped.
It seemed inevitable then that at some point he and brother Tim would reunite - after all, the last time they did was the seminal Crowded House album 'Woodface'. It's certainly a fair point to say that vocally and in terms of songwriting the brothers have a knack for teasing the best out of each other, and so this continues with their new release 'Everyone is Here'.
This is essentially a gentler version of woodface - that's not to say it lacks the purpose of that million sounding album, but the melodies here are much more insipid. Take the opening track 'Won't Give In' for example. For a first track it is a delicately crafted epic that expels the value of family, while being shot through with a fairly typical theme of all Finn material - that of mortality.
However, don't let this make you think the album gets off to a slow start - next track 'Nothing Wrong With You' is full of rousing strings and the brothers' soaring voices, while 'Anything can Happen' is driven by a cascading rhythmn of drums and is once again, very vibrant. Tim sings lead vocals on 'Luckiest man Alive' one of the least lyrically ambiguous tracks on the album and shot through with a great sincerity ('She cut right through his foolish pride, he's the luckiest man alive') that makes it another highlight.
Naturally the second half of the album takes us into slightly darker places - flights back to simpler elements of childhood in 'Disembodied Voices' and strange ruminations on blowing those candles out on the cake ('Edible Flowers').
The one criticism I would level at the album is that it seems at times a little unsure of its intentions. Certainly the intent is to make a very good album - but sometimes you can't help thinking that the production is a little too 'heavy-handed', - as if producers and writers alike are keen to add levels of gloss and polish that probably aren't needed(think 'Nothing Wrong With You'), while you can't help thinking that more could have been made of closing track 'Gentle Hum' which would have benefitted from at least some kind of change, as it seems not to leave much of an impression, especially for a closing track.
However, as returns go, this is up there with the best. The Finn Brothers have created a great album here, and one that is sure to gain them even more respect than they currently have! highly reccomended.
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