Friday, December 28, 2012

Finn Brothers 2: Everyone Is Here

After Crowded House disbanded, Neil Finn didn’t disappear, but neither did he make much of a dent in a music industry not very interested in his brand of pop perfection. It also didn’t help that the albums he recorded under his own name weren’t exactly catchy, relying on loops and synth effects. Try Whistling This was his first solo release, and outside of the moody title track, the only highlight was “She Will Have Her Way”, which could have been a #1 single nationwide had it only gotten airplay. Radio programmers everywhere should have been ashamed of themselves.
One Nil wasn’t even released in America for a full year, when it got a rejigged lineup and a new title, One All. Still, he had enough fans in the business to put together something of an all-star revue, wherein he collaborated with the likes of Eddie Vedder and Johnny Marr (on The Smiths’ “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out”) as demonstrated on 7 Worlds Collide.
Since he still had something of a cult following, they were likely very excited indeed when his next project turned out to be a Finn Brothers album. And rightfully so. Following the okay results of Woodface and Finn a decade earlier, Everyone Is Here wisely avoided the “two guys in a room” approach and instead incorporated studio musicians and actual producers (one of whom was Mitchell Froom, which wasn’t obvious from the sound, thankfully). It’s a straightforward pop album, without any real experimentations, if a little somber at times, but that’s okay too.
It comes off nice and strong from the start, with the close harmonies of “Won’t Give In” and the “don’t give up” message of “Nothing Wrong With You”. The album flows right along, with melodies that seem like they’ve been in the air forever; they’re that comfortable. The messages in the lyrics aren’t always clear, as in “Edible Flowers” and “All God’s Children”, but the more upbeat tracks, like “Part Of Me, Part Of You” and even “Homesick”, will stick in your head.
Everyone Is Here may have been a safe move, but it was also the most satisfying new album from Neil Finn in about ten years. Naturally, it didn’t dent too many American charts, despite a few songs being played on a few episodes of Scrubs. Because it was the style at the time, it was reissued only a few months later in a so-called “special edition” with a bonus DVD and extra tracks, and the boys faithfully toured to support it. However, any momentum built up was threatened that March, when Crowded House drummer Paul Hester took his own life.

Finn Brothers Everyone Is Here (2004)—3

2 comments:

  1. could'nt be more off the mark with this if you tried

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  2. Then it's a good thing I didn't try? Please elaborate.

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