Light­sleeper 8/10

UNCUT - - New Albums - Lush, at­mo­spheric fam­ily af­fair from Crowded House man ERiN OS­MON

A fam­ily band that is nei­ther paral­ysed by in­fight­ing nor wa­tered down by drip­ping sen­ti­men­tal­ity, the fa­ther-son duo of Neil and Liam Finn, with as­sists from mum Sharon and brother El­roy on bass and drums, have crafted a lush song suite re­flec­tive of the grandeur of their na­tive New Zealand’s land­scapes. Al­bum open­ers “Pre­lude – Is­land Of Peace” and “Meet Me In The Air” set the tone with pi­ano chirps that coat breezy synths and windswept words in an ar­bo­real hug. Later, Neil’s pop pedi­gree shines through Liam’s more at­mo­spheric canopy on “Back To Life” and “Lis­ten”.

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