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This review is from: Dizzy Heights (Audio CD)
After listening to this record at least a couple of dozen times since its release, I find it an enthralling piece of work. Initially like some other listeners I was slightly underwhelmed, but as usual with Neil Finn and, as has been pointed out in some other reviews, it takes a little time for the songs to work their magic.
It is certainly one of Neil Finn's more leftfield releases, but this experimental approach is not too surprising compared with his earlier solo albums (Try Whistling This and One Nil), plus the recent Pajama Club record. The production on Dizzy Heights is many layered, with intricate soundscapes and interesting sonic textures, that compliments the songwriting very nicely. The production treatment on the album also reminds a little of the vision expressed in another great Finn album, Crowded House's masterful Together Alone.
But most importantly Dizzy Heights is a fine set of songs. The stomping Pony Ride and wall-of-sound of In My Blood are standouts for me. I was unnerved by the divisive Divebomber at first but now find it the centrepiece of the record. Strangest Friends is a typical Finn earworm that repays repeated listenings and the title track Dizzy Heights is like a lost soul-pop classic (that incidentally gets my two year old niece dancing along!)
This album is absolutely worth checking out if you want to hear classic tunes with an evocative production. If you tend to steer clear of Neil Finn's more experimental output then your ears might not take to it straightaway, but there is a lot of rewarding listening to be had here.