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Formerly of Crowded House and Spit Enz, Neil Finn has embarked on a successful solo career, which can be heard and seen on the CD and DVD release of his live album, Seven Worlds Collide, which features such guests as Eddie Vedder, Lisa Germano, and others...
Formerly of Crowded House and Spit Enz, Neil Finn has embarked on a successful solo career, which can be heard and seen on the CD and DVD release of his live album, Seven Worlds Collide, which features such guests as Eddie Vedder, Lisa Germano, and others...
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Format: CD
Label: Nettwerk
Catalog: 30258
Rel. Date: 02/26/2002
UPC: 067003025829

7 Words Collide: Live at the St. James
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Formerly of Crowded House and Spit Enz, Neil Finn has embarked on a successful solo career, which can be heard and seen on the CD and DVD release of his live album, Seven Worlds Collide, which features such guests as Eddie Vedder, Lisa Germano, and others...

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Recorded during a week-long residency in New Zealand, the live album from formerCrowded House/Split Enz member Neil Finn is a delightful 16-track surprise oflively material, with songs from Finn’s long career and a cover of theSmiths’ “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out.” A notableall-star band that includes brother/Split Enz founder Tim Finn, Radiohead’sEd O’Brien and Phil Selway, Johnny Marr, Eddie Vedder and Lisa Germano,plus Neil’s son Liam. Finn lets Germano, Vedder and Marr each have a turnat the microphone, so the 75-minute-long disc has some variance on the vocalend.

However, the record drags from repetition because of the way Finn’s songsare constructed. Finn is a traditional pop songwriter—following a shortline from the Beatles—stressing wordplay, harmonies, and hooks. His songslive and die by his choruses, and though the later material isn’t quiteas golden, this career retrospective showcases how smart a songwriter Finn canbe. Take “Weather With You,” for example, which originally appearedon Crowded House’s Woodface; the song name checks Julia Roberts and JuliusCaesar without detracting from the overall beauty of the composition. Still,when Finn lets the crowd take the vocal melody, the song falters.

Though it’s a decidedly mellow affair, with acoustic guitars the norm,the band rocks like a mini-Pearl Jam on Split Enz’s “I See Red,”with Vedder leading the band through its heaviest moment. Blazing guitars—heldin check throughout the rest of the album—provide a much-needed punch.The burst of energy three-fourths of the way through the record gives it enoughmomentum to nearly sustain the last quarter.

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