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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


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

Product Details

  • 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: #42,678 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By MDC on August 7, 2004
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 By Linda Rogers on 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 By Katie on July 6, 2000
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 By A Customer on July 17, 2000
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 By A Customer on July 29, 1999
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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 By A Customer on June 3, 2003
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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 By Bold As Love on July 26, 2011
Format: Audio CD
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. Buy Crowded House music; buy at least two copies: one to keep and one to give to a friend who isn't enlightened yet. Buy the music of Split Enz (Tim's concept band) and then listen to these guys with an open mind. While Split Enz is not as accessible as Crowded House, this precursor band still provides enjoyment and background. Go on and buy Liam Finn's disc, too.

The Finn Brothers are a joy to hear and a concert featuring either or both is not to be missed. When the two of them are on stage together, it is reassuring that true brotherly love is more than just a phrase spouted by cynics and hucksters. In all fairness, not every item that the Finns touch is spun gold, but time spent in their worlds are journeys that produce their own joys as you take the time to examine each offering in turn.

I had the extreme pleasure of witnessing Richard Thompson open solo acoustically for Crowded House (with Tim and Neil) as they toured America in support of the Woodface CD. This was at Bogart's, an old Cincinnati (OH) theatre space. Actually, it was the ideal setting for intimacy of presentation to a decent-sized crowd of adoring fans. Even though Tim left the tour shortly after this concert, because he did not feel necessary to the band, I do not whole-heartedly concur. This disc and any other on which both brothers appear together demonstrates that it was not Crowded House that needed Tim, it is Neil who needs and desires that he and his brother work together. So obtain a copy of this disc and enjoy, then go find the rest of their catalogs.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 26, 2004
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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 House. However, it wasn't until late 1989 that they actually started writing together - a reunion that yielded more than a dozen songs for a proposed Finn Brothers side project. That album was scrapped and most of the material was absorbed by Crowded House's Woodface (1991) and Together Alone (1993), as well as Tim's 1993 solo album, Before & After. The brothers' project resumed in late 1994, and in four weeks, they completed an album called simply Finn. The album, released in the fall of 1995 (the summer of 1996 in the U.S.), showed a much more casual side of the Finns and was less pop-oriented than their previous musical collaborations - the brothers play nearly all of the instruments themselves, ranging from the primitive to the exotic. After initial pressings of Finn, the duo changed their name to the Finn Brothers to avoid confusion with a band going under a similar name. - Chris Woodstra, AMG
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