Sheer class and top drawer musicianship dominate this welcome return from Crowded House. The background information to this album would suggest that this was just a Neil Finn solo album released under the Crowded House banner, and comparisons with Neil Finns solo work are inevitable and valid to a point, but one could argue that over the years, Crowded House was in many ways a vehicle for Neil Finn's (and also to a certain extent his brothers), songwriting talents anyway. In terms of musical direction this album is somewhere between Neil Finn's solo album 'Try Whistling This' and the Crowded House album 'Woodface' and none the worse for it.
From opener to closer, this CD will offer thoughtful inspiring lyrics and varied and effective melodies and riffs. You have upbeat rock pop in the shape of "Don't stop now" "She Called Up" and "Even a Child". The laid back "Heaven That I'm making" and "Walked Her Way Down", the brooding "A sigh" and Silent House" and the thought provoking acoustic of "Pour Le Monde", "English Trees" and the album opener "Nobody Wants to".
In an age when new artists become hyped overnight sensations on the internet, declared musical genius after just one album, or dropped after two singles because they didn't reach the top ten, this mature body of work can only come from a group of musicians who have developed their craft over years of experience and the result is pure quality.
Without doubt Neil Finn has to be one the most under rated song writers of his and our generation. People who rate Paul McCartney's latest effort should listen to this and then seriously think about who has the talent right now, my vote is with the boys from New Zealand.
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