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Finn Brothers

Finn BrothersAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 18, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Discovery / Wea
  • ASIN: B000003MWQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,309 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Only Talking Sense
2. Eyes Of The World
3. Mood Swinging Man
4. Last Day Of June
5. Suffer Never
6. Angels Heap
7. Niwhai
8. Where Is My Soul
9. Bullets In My Hairdo
10. Paradise (Whever You Are)
11. Kiss The Road Of Rarotonga

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With the long history of fraternal feuding in rock, from the Everly Brothers and the Kinks' Davies duo to the Gallagher boys of Oasis, it's nice to see a pair of musical siblings who can't seem to get enough of each other. Ever since 1977, when Tim Finn invited his little brother Neil to join his modestly successful new wave outfit, New Zealand's Split Enz, the two have set separate courses in pop music that keep intersecting: Tim went solo in '84 and Neil took over Split Enz; two years later Neil broke up the band and formed Crowded House; Tim joined Neil's band in '91. This year, with interest in Crowded House long since waned, their self-titled debut release finds the Finns "going duo."

Finn Brothers is a modest, understated album that successfully combines the conventional beauty we've come to expect from Neil's melodic work with Crowded House and the eccentric charm typical of Tim's edgy post-art rock Split Enz. So where the warbling synth of "Eyes of the World" is all new wave Tim, the piano balladry of "Where Is My Soul" reeks of popster Neil. "Only Talking Sense," meanwhile, succeeds in combining Tim's angular minimalism with Neil's plaintive croon. But just when we begin to think we've heard it all before, the Finn brothers give us the bossa nova bounce of "Mood Swinging Man" and the tango sway of "Paradise"--evidence, perhaps, the lounge revival has reached down under. --Roni Sarig

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than anything else Neil or Tim has ever done August 7, 2004
By MDC
Format:Audio CD
I'm quite a Neil Finn fan; I own all his solo albums and saw him live in San Francisco a couple years ago, and it was a great show, but the fact of the matter is that nothing that either Finn has ever done in their entire musical careers (whether it be Crowded House, Split Enz, or their respective solo works) matches the beauty of this wonderful album. It feels smoky and low-key...like it was recorded in some backroads bar on a slow wedneseday night. It may not be as polished as Finn's remarkably clean studio work, but it also lacks the sterile feel of his pop music. Every song is cozy and warm like an old blanket; you just envelope yourself in the album until it runs out way too soon, in which case you're forced to listen to it again and again and again. This album is one of the greatest and most underappreciated works I've ever come across, and it was singlehandedly responsible for steering my impressionable young ears away from the din of MTV-friendly music. For that, I am eternally grateful. Now to go listen to it again.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true gem April 19, 2000
Format:Audio CD
The more I listen to this album, the more I love it. It really conveys a feeling of being in the same room with Tim and Neil as they are playing, and the songs themselves are individual masterpieces. It's interesting to see which songs are more Tim's, or more Neil's, or which ones are a collaboration of both. If you're expecting the pop sound of Split Enz or Crowded House, this won't be the album for you, but it's beautifully written and performed. I can't get enough of it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brillant album July 6, 2000
By Katie
Format:Audio CD
Out of all the neil finn related music i have. this is by far my favourite album.it lives in my stereo.it takes at least four plays to appreciate it,like all good music.only talking sense could be one of my very favourite songs of all time.last day of june is too beautiful.where is my soul is beyond words,how both brothers do it lyrically and musically i will never know.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What good music can do July 17, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This understated little gem from the Brothers Finn sneaks up on you and quietly bowls you over with excellent songs, passionate singing and production that's spare but effectively atmospheric. That is, it SHOULD bowl you over---if it doesn't, check your pulse.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TIMELESS July 29, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is a great record because it's not trying to be. If you know what I mean. It's really special because it's not overdone. It's raw and a bit rough which makes it really refreshing. You won't get sick of this record. You'll be playing it forever. A definate must have. And make sure you see them play live. They are amazing when they're together..complement each other and all that. And check out Tim's album 'Before and After'. 'Persuasion' is one song that could make you fall in love with the guy. TIM FINN ROCKS.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark... June 3, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is a dark, dark album full of native rhythms and chanting and even insect sounds to create a Catholic nightscape. Lots of guilt ("Only Talking Sense"), lust ("Angels Heap"), and angst ("Where is My Soul"). And the melodies, well, they're just haunting. Period.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good if lightweight. Some great moments May 10, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is indeed no Crowded House nor even Split Enz album but it's very pleasant to listen to, and some of the songs have some great melodies. 'Only Talking Sense' is a good example: melodic, slightly off-beat, hinting at a darker side but not really exploring it. It's a bit like a good Chinese meal: much more interesting than most anything else but later on you don't feel satisfied. I wonder if the inevitable multi-tracking when two people do everything has lost some of the cohesiveness of a performance sound. Worth having and very enjoyable, but not quite great.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Uneven, but beautiful December 16, 1999
By Maggie
Format:Audio CD
The more I listened to this album, the more I liked it. I say it's uneven because while some of the songs, like "Only Talking Sense", "Last Day in June", and "Where is My Soul" are hauntingly beautiful, others on the album are much rougher. The tone of the album changes from song to song - but that's kind of a good thing - it's good when not every song on an album sounds identical.
Overall, I would say that this album was definitely worth buying, more so if you are a big Neil/Tim Finn fan, like I am.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Songwriters extraordinaire!
Lush and gorgeous songwriting, as always from the Finns. I can't get enough of their music, and happily snapped up this CD when I saw it! I'm absolutely loveing it.
Published 8 months ago by E. Lloyd
4.0 out of 5 stars Brotherly Love
I may be prejudiced, but I recommend the following. Buy this disc. Buy any Finn Brothers music available. Buy any Neil Finn CD you can find. Buy any Tim Finn product lying around. Read more
Published on July 26, 2011 by Bold As Love
5.0 out of 5 stars A Secret Treasure
This is one of those recordings that is hard to place in time and style; it's at turns moody, raucous, humorous. After nearly 15 years, it still holds up very well. Read more
Published on September 23, 2010 by Peacedotnik
1.0 out of 5 stars Close to Affinity
This album was released almost in secrecy, following the release of Crowded House's Together Alone. The Finn Brothers had intended to release an album together at an earlier stage... Read more
Published on May 26, 2009 by gnagfloW
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother
After purchasing the most recent Finn Brothers CD and thoroughly enjoying it, I ordered a used copy of this CD. YUCK! Read more
Published on February 27, 2008 by PattCatt
4.0 out of 5 stars Good enough to want it back
I bought this CD on the strength of my Crowded House and Split Enz purchases, and liked it. I think some of the other reviewers are overly effusive--this is not a ground-breaking... Read more
Published on January 22, 2007 by Froggy Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 1/2 Stars
Brothers Tim and Neil Finn have been making music together since their childhood in Te Awamutu, New Zealand, continuing through to international success in Split Enz and Crowded... Read more
Published on June 26, 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Effort
This music will grow on you. It does not immediately strike you as memorable but give these cuts a few listens and they will certainly grow on you. Read more
Published on June 25, 2001 by Carl Mack
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