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on 11 August 2014
A massive disappointment, even considering the warning sign that was Crowded House's last album, Intriguer. His last solo album One Nil also had too many unnecssary noises and effects, but it at least had some classic hooks and clever lyrics. Dizzy Heights is extremely self indulgent, tuneless nonsense and simply goes nowhere. If he insists on experimenting he needs to get his producer to be more critical as virtually none of this album should have made the cut. He is taking advantage of his loyal fan base by releasing this. It would have been far better to wait for more inspiration than release what is effectively a poor collection of B-sides.
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on 6 March 2014
A different style of music for this album not on the same wavelength as "Try Whistling This" but a very nice family affair going on. Will be seeing him live this year and look forward seeing tracks from the album done live.
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on 8 October 2014
Great
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on 5 September 2014
Your patience might be rewarded if you stick with this album. It's a grower.
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on 1 March 2014
A surprising and multi layered album. On first hearing I was unsure, on second hearing I was drawn closer and on the third I was completely engulfed by a soundscape of intriguing chord changes and beautiful lyrics. If you want a Woodface mark two it's possibly not for you, but if you want a daring and relevant collection of songs by an artist on top of his creative game, then enjoy!
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on 28 March 2014
I enjoyed the album, with one or two exceptions, but that's the point of buying the whole album isn't it! A couple of wierdy beardy "sound effect" pieces of music, but on the whole all catchy. Falling in the Face of Love & Dizzy heights are highlights.
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on 8 July 2014
Great!
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on 14 February 2014
For a songwriter who's mastery of songcraft has been so widely acknowledged around the world, Neil Finn's solo records have been remarkably low-profile affairs (1998's "Try Whistling This", 2001's "One Nil"). As the frontman and main songwriter of Crowded House, he's written some of the most memorable songs to ever come out of Australia - including certified classics like "Don't Dream It's Over", "Weather With You", "Into Temptation", "Four Seasons In One Day", "Better Be Home Soon" - but as a solo artist, he's never quite reached the same "dizzy heights".

"Dizzy Heights", Finn's third album and his most satisfying to date, once again displays the restless, experimental side of his songwriting, but to his credit, Finn's high-flying ambitions haven't clouded his vision: "Dizzy Heights" more adventurous musical excursions sound unforced and fully formed. Renowned producer Dave Fridmann (The Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev, Tame Impala) also deserves credit for his trippy production and recording skills/creative studio tricks that add another dimension to the songs.

"Dizzy Heights" is the New Zealand singer/songwriter's most consistent, ambitious and compelling work since Crowded House's "Alone Together" (1993).

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on 15 February 2014
I am a huge Neil Finn fan, hence I bought this immediately without hearing any of the new material. However, I found the album really disappointing and looking at the credits, suspect too much family collaboration! Neil Finn needs some good external A&R input - this is just self indulgent twaddle.
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on 19 February 2014
Great to see Neil Finn trying new stuff. We know Neil could write 3 minute pop songs in his sleep so this is an interesting diversion but requires a few listens and there's no songs here that will find themselves onto Radio 2. It sounds like a Mercury Rev record with Neil Finn singing. Not all the songs work but 5 stars for this bold record that will benefit from many listens.
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