6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 8 October 2001
Ever since leaving Split Enz, Finn has been searching for a context for his somewhat eccentric muse. Theres a sort of sinister music hall quality to his songs which was fine in the Enz ( where it was the whole point ), but it didn't really work in the solo context.
So he repressed his music hall leanings in favour of a more rootsy folkrockish side, which proved successful ( see his contributions to Crowded House's Woodface album and his own Before and After album ) but not totally convincing.
His muse was well and truely rediscovered when he teamed up with producer guitarist Jay Joyce for Say It Is So. Rather than creating arrangements to compliment Finns songs, he contrasted them with a raw energetic acoustic guitar jangle. Without doubt the album was Finns finest moment. Until now.
Replacing the acoustic guitar with high energy electric guitar, Feeding the Gods ROCKS. It's full of echos of Split Enz, not least in Incognito in California, written by Enz cofounder Phil Judd. But it would be pointless to highlight specific tracks, every song is just massive - full of raw energy, passion and intelligence, lilting melodies, powerful vocals and zen-like lyrical simplicity.
This is music for adults who still care.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 27 September 2001
Wow! This is such a good album - even better that his previous album, Say It Is So. If you found brother Neil's One Nil album to be hard to get into and wanted a bit more excitement from it, well this is the album to do it for you. From the opening notes of Songline to the closing of Incognito In California this album is of a consistently high qualty. There are many soaring choruses and some great lyrics throughout. Split Enz references crop up in a few of the songs, which can only be a good thing. Do yourself a favour and go buy this album now as it really is this good!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 24 June 2002
After the musical rebirth that is well in evidence on Tim's "Say It Is So" album, could he maintain the momentum for this new release?
Well, I am glad to say that "Feeding The Gods" is Tim's best solo album by a long stretch. Brimful of great tunes with superb lyrics and in places harking back to Tim's Split Enz heyday (there is even a song written by Phil Judd), this record really moves. From out-and-out rock (e.g. Songline) to the wistful reflection of songs like "Sawdust and Splinters", there is not one duff song on this record.
And for all the doubters, Tim's voice has definitely not deserted him. A little gruffer with the years, but still able to take on the best of them.
on 16 December 2014
Say It Is So was easily y favorite Tim Finn solo album. This one continues in a similar vein, only with a more consistently rocking sound and less of the gimmicky sound effects and such(which I loved.) While for me the (many) high points don't quite reach the altitude that the previous album's did, it's still one of the best Tim Finn albums...every song is a winner. With this pair of albums, Tim Finn seemed to have found his niche in the music world.