Neil Finn

Classic Rock - - THE HARD STUFF ALBUMS -

Out Of Si­lence

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Crowded House man Neil Finn al­ways wanted to write a song in the morn­ing, record it in the af­ter­noon and re­lease it that night. Out Of Si­lence al­most ful­fils that ob­jec­tive. Fol­low­ing four live streams in Au­gust, the al­bum was mixed in Auck­land and ready to go.

Pi­ano bal­lads and au­tum­nal re­flec­tions are at the heart of 10 or­ches­trated pieces. Love Is Emo­tional and the pos­si­bly apoc­a­lyp­tic More Than One Of You set the stan­dard on an al­bum that has the sonic feel of a night­club en­gage­ment; per­cus­sive ticks, pedal noise and whirring acous­tic gui­tars add to

the flavour. Brother Tim pops in for Alone, a naïve snapshot of life in Lon­don with Split Enz. The city was grey, buses blood­shot. In­de­pen­dence Day is nor­mal for Neil: he tests the cli­mate and the at­mo­spher­ics are de­press­ing. Ter­rorise Me, a re­sponse to the Bat­a­clan out­rage, is the key piece. The rest is no faffing and easy lis­ten­ing.

Max Bell

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