The Finn Brothers

Everyone Is Here (Nettwerk America)

The unjustly neglected titan of Accessible Pop has returned for a second round of family creation with his notoriously volatile brother. New Zealand’s beloved Neil and Tim Finn first tried being a duo on 1995’s Finn, producing two singles, with the rest of the album quickly forgotten by all but die-hard fans. The same may happen to Everyone Is Here. Neil’s astute songwriting has naturally progressed into a more conservative zone, and unfortunately, the first single off the record is the rather adult-contemporary “Won’t Give In.” Musically fulfilling, but not exactly the stuff to attract a new audience. “All God’s Children” is a refreshing, intelligent and upbeat tune that could follow Modest Mouse on a playlist, but the album as a whole, like Finn, is hit-or-miss, and that’s largely the result of Tim’s lack of vocal control (“Luckiest Man Alive”) and sometimes downright pathetic delivery (“All the Colours”). With Neil having penned solid tracks for Split Enz, Crowded House and their current collaborations, it’s clear who the musical darling is. Had this been his solo album, it would probably be less about sibling issues and vocally more pleasant. It just seems like big brother horned in on what could’ve been a strong addition to Neil’s discography. As it is, it’s destined to fade into a “Gentle Hum.”

 
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