The problem with Tim's solo output is that it's invariably a curates egg; what's good is v.good (and occasionally great) but all his albums, to varying degrees, seem to contain filler. Not this one though. Subtly produced by Mitch Froom, who, in the past has worked with Crowded House and Richard Thompson, these songs are amongst the most melodic and least self conscious that he's written. A good number of them would stand comparison with his brother Neil's output, and that is high praise indeed! All in all then, a great, undiscovered pop/rock album. Buy with confidence.
If you enjoy Crowded House's Woodface then give this a go. Tim is at the peak of his powers and in my view this is his finest and most consistent work. Full of catchy songs and melodies, his peerless vocals express a depth of feeling that is rarely matched. Polished songwriting and recorded before his voice started to deteriorate. "Tears Inside", "How'm I Gonna Sleep" and "Not Even Close" are up there with the very best in the genre. Buy it while you can.
Also worth trying "Before and After", his other great solo album from this period and "Everyone is Here", the later album with brother Neil. Split Enz's Time and Tide is an earlier masterpiece.
I bought this CD in the mid-90s and then, again, a few years back. Most of it is a wonderful array of organic, well-produced pop/rock; Mitchell Froom does wonders for Mr. Finn, who was never in better boice before or after. A couple of songs stray too close to dated 80s adult contemporary sludge, but most of them are punchy mature pop numbers. One of my favorites from him.