Neil Finn: One Nil|
If you listen at the right door, you'll hear many a story about the
reverence in which Neil Finn is held.
One in particular goes: Radiohead's Thom Yorke, touring New Zealand, takes
a phone call, then drops his jaw in shock upon hearing the voice on the
line. "Bloody hell,", he stammers to his band mates, "it's Neil Finn!".
Why is this man, so undoubtedly down to earth, considered a golden god when
it comes to music?
As they say, the proof is in the pudding. One Nil, the follow up to 1998's
debut solo album Try Whistling This, captures Finn's magic as well as any
recording has before.
Pop songs, you see, are not supposed to be about normal things. They are
supposed to be escapist, mysterious or artfully abstract.
But Finn has a knack for telling accessible tales in such a way the he
could be reading you your own life story - except now it's in 3D, surround
sound, and it's more breathtaking than you ever imagined.
And if you though he must have run out of sounds to surround these stories
with by now, then you hadn't counted on his powers of (slight)
re-invention, and, or course, his friends.
Assisting Finn is former Price cohort Wendy Melvoin, who has helped Finn
uncover a funkier, quirkier side.
Then there's Sheryl Crow's wonderful co-vocal on the showstopping Turn and
Run, plus his son and wife, and more highly respected musicians and
producers than you can throw a stick at.
They're all there for a reason people. Superb songs, unpretentiously
The verdict: ****½
In a word: Finn-tastic