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Back To Basics,
This review is from: Imaginary Kingdom (Audio CD)
After the monumental success of The Finn Brother's most recent album 'Everyone is Here' and the subsequent tour It's good to see Tim Finn back to work so quickly. It's testament to a man clearly in love with music and one who still has the drive after all these years.
I think it's fair to say that Tim's career was in danger of ending after his voice deteriorated during the late 90's, but he persevered and by embracing a new, gruff style both 'Say it is so' and particularly 'Feeding the Gods were excellent. In 'Imaginary Kingdom' however I think he has lost his inhibitions about his voice and has written songs as he always would have, which is both rewarding and slightly damaging.
On the plus side there's a greater variety of songs, from the catchy 'Couldn't be Done', to the wonderfully melodic 'Midnight Coma', though I must admit to thinking the vocals are at times poor, and having gone to see him in concert not too long ago I know he can still perform the higher pitched songs better - perhaps he was a little impatient with laying down a couple of tracks.
Ultimately though the songwriting shines through and this is still an album very much worth listening to - like 'Time and Tide' all those years ago I believe this is an album Tim wrote for himself, and as such it holds a particularly personal glow that reverberates through the songs.