ARTIST: Neil Finn
TITLE: One All (One Nil everywhere but the US)
YEAR RELEASED: 2001
CHART ACTION: #26 US Heatseekers, #14 UK
SINGLES: Rest of the Day Off, Wherever You Are (#32 UK), Last to Know, Hole in the Ice (#43 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: I doubt it.
LINEUP: Neil Finn, Wendy Melovin, Lisa Coleman, Jim Moginie, Lisa Germano, Mitchell Froom, JJ Johnson, Jim Keltner, Sheryl Crow, other backing singers
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Second solo album by the ex-Split Enz / Crowded House leader is less adventurous than his solo debut, and more mainstream. It still has solid songs.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: There is absolutely nothing wrong with this record. While it is not as adventurous, playful, or sonically intriguing as his first solo album, Finn creates some quite good songs that remind folks of his other bands while keeping a distinctly solo stamp on them.
Finn’s gift for melody and thoughtful lyrics is there, and the arrangements don’t overwhelm the songs and are beautiful at times.
He’s got a lot of great session players on here. At first you’d think with Wendy & Lisa of Prince fame there’d be some funky shenangians going on, but it’s just great adult pop music.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: The US version was renamed to One All, and swapped a couple of tracks and added remixed versions of four more. The one streaming here is the US version.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.
GRADE: A-: I like this as much as his first solo album. It’s two sides of Finn, and both are excellent. I wish he had more acclaim here.