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Conversation Import

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2008 album from the Australian singer, songwriter and performer best known for his stints with Crowded House, ALT, the Finn Brothers and as frontman for Split Enz. With the Conversation, Tim has delivered his most intimate album to date. Recorded at Roundhead Studios in Auckland and featuring only vocals, guitar, piano and violin, the record was conceived to be almost like chamber music, where the individual instruments come together to create something much greater than the sum of it's parts. Co-produced by Ethan Allen and former Split Enz member Eddie Rayner, the 13 songs that make up the Conversation are fragile, yet self assured, with Tim's distinctive vocals and lyrics being the primary focus. Virgin.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Straw to Gold
  2. Out of This World
  3. The Saw and the Tree
  4. Slow Mystery
  5. Rear View Mirror
  6. Only a Dream
  7. Fall from Grace
  8. Invisible
  9. Snowbound
  10. Great Return
  11. Imaginary Kingdom
  12. Forever Thursday
  13. More Fool Me


Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 16, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Emd Int'l
  • ASIN: B001HC7X7S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,320 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I've been listening to this CD for about 2 weeks now, pretty much every day. It's kind of a throwback to Tim's earlier, less electronic stuff. I loved Say It Is So, kind of liked Feeding the Gods, and really loved his earlier stuff. I'm really glad that he went back to a more acoustic, stripped down approach (and using his great falsetto a bit more).

Tim's voice sounds so damn good without all the filters and noise. I'm not going to go through all the tunes on the CD, but if you liked/loved Escapade through Before and After, you'll love this CD. It's well worth paying for the import, seeing as it may be a while before it's domestically available.
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This set has been out since 2006. It took me a long while to discover it and decide to pop for the import price. I'm glad I did. There are some gems on this set. "Out of This World" is a lovely track that lifts one out of the mundane everyday issues and measures it against the infinite possibilities with a chiming magical guitar part, "It's only when I look into your eyes, I can see beyond what I fear inside; I love the way you remind me it all belongs to eternity." That track is priceless! "Imaginary Kingdom" was the title of another of his CD's issued the same year. This pared down rendition allows the lovely melody to shine with Tim's vocals floating into the higher register, offering some romantic realism. "Forever Thursday" is another delightful track with the violin giving a hint of bluegrass, "You revealed me to myself like the sun reveals the day." Tim Finn is such an incredible songwriter and musician. While I wish "The Conversation" were issued domestically in the United States, it is well worth seeking out. Even with all the other Finns from his family who record, there is no one quite like Tim! Enjoy!
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As a long-time Finn fan (Tim & Neil both), I have been going back through the entire output of each, from Split Enz through to today. This album is not one that jumps out at you the first time, but it grows with every listen. It is now my favorite of all Tim's albums, and maybe of all the albums he has ever been on. It is more mature, stripped-down and pure than any of his others. I put it right up there with other acoustic sleeping beauties like Paul Simon's 'You're the One' and Dylan's 'Blood on the Tracks'. Standout tracks for me include 'Invisible', 'Rearview Mirror', 'Fall from Grace' and the single 'Out of this World'.
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Nice record, goes back to his earlier days. Focus on melody and voice, sparse arrangements. Unfortunately a bit expensive and no digipack as you should expect.
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One of Tim's best albums so far. An acoustic gem. Beautiful melodies, great songs which already sound like classics. Awesome !
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