Category: Neil Finn

Neil Finn – One All

ARTIST: Neil Finn 220px-One_All_(Neil_Finn_album_-_cover_art)
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. 220px-One_Nil_(Neil_Finn_album_-_cover_art)

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.

Neil Finn – Try Whistling This

ARTIST: Neil Finn   220px-Try_Whistling_This
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.