ARTIST: Neil Finn
TITLE: Try Whistling This
YEAR RELEASED: 1998
CHART ACTION: #19 US Heatseekers, #5 UK
SINGLES: Sinner (#39 UK), She Will Have Her Way (#26 UK), Last One Standing
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Doubt it
LINEUP: Neil Finn and a bunch of session musicians – Michael Barker, Marius De Vries, Jim Moginie and Sebastian Steinberg played on the lion’s share of tracks.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Former Split Enz and Crowded House front man and songwriter makes his true solo debut, and it’s a pleasing, adventurous record.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Neil Finn is a household name in Australia and New Zealand, and somewhat popular in the UK. Here, he’s known only in connection to the groups he’s sang for in the past. This album didn’t break him in the US (nothing has, really) but it earned him notice and some positive ink.
It’s a diverse album that doesn’t really sound like anything his other bands did, except you know that voice from somewhere. Finn is adventurous and doesn’t go for the straightforward in these songs. There’s always a nice change or experiment that he puts on the track that makes you take notice.
Finn’s fans from Crowded House and Split Enz were happy, and believe me, you will be too if you liked those bands.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: He’s an OBE, which is kind of a big deal.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: In Japan, there are bonus tracks.
GRADE: A-: A solid debut with interesting songs and twists.