Everyone Is Here

Everyone Is Here

by Finn Brothers

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Between them, Tim and Neil Finn -- veterans of such past-life favorites as Split Enz and Crowded House -- have the wherewithal to compile an exhaustive Pop Songwriting for Dummies. But on this, their second outing as a twosome, the Finns don't take the easySee more details below


Between them, Tim and Neil Finn -- veterans of such past-life favorites as Split Enz and Crowded House -- have the wherewithal to compile an exhaustive Pop Songwriting for Dummies. But on this, their second outing as a twosome, the Finns don't take the easy way out. Yes, their melodies are perfectly memorable, but beneath the surface lurks plenty of doubt and darkness, which only adds to the disc's durability. The duo makes the most of its familial sense of harmony, which -- as borne out by songs like the piano-driven "Won't Give In" -- hasn't been affected by the passing years. While Everyone Is Here is largely given over to intimate acoustic performances, the Brothers let their affection for affable grandiosity emerge now and again -- most effectively on "Anything Can Happen," an airy anthem that Bono would be happy to call his own. The Finns still have a tendency to slather the sentiment on a bit too heavily at times (see "Luckiest Man Alive"), but those off-moments are more than offset by the pair's ability to capture both whimsy, as on "Edible Flowers," and non-saccharine affirmations, like the string-buoyed "Nothing Wrong With You," with panache. This is one for the books.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Nearly ten years after their first album as a duo, the Finn Brothers returned with Everyone Is Here in the late summer of 2004. There was a considerably larger gap of time separating Everyone Is Here and Finn than there was between that album and Woodface, the one Crowded House album to feature Tim and the first time the brothers worked together since the disbandment of Split Enz. Only four years separated Finn and Woodface, while it took nearly a decade for the Finns to deliver a second album, and quite a bit happened during that time. Each brother released two studio albums and one live album (Tim's was a collaborative live effort, but it could be argued that Neil's star-studded 7 Worlds Collide was collaborative too) and, more importantly, their mother Mary passed away, and all of this feeds into the spirit, vibe, and sensibility of Everyone Is Here. At its heart, this is an album about family -- specifically, about being brothers. This is the first time the Finns have written as directly and abundantly about their kinship, and unlike other famous rock siblings, the Finns' relationship is not only cordial but loving, which doesn't mean that it's any less complex than such legendarily combative brothers from the Everlys through the Gallaghers. Tim and Neil mine their relationship throughout the album -- the word "brother" seems to appear here more often than the entirety of their past work -- and they've come up with a moving set of songs that may not add up to a concept album yet are surely unified by a set of themes. Similarly, despite three different sets of producers (primarily Mitchell Froom, but also Jon Brion and Tony Visconti for individual tracks) the album boasts a unified sound, particularly in comparison to the rather ragged, seemingly unfinished Neil effort One Nil (distilled and strengthened in its American incarnation, One All) or Tim's Feeding the Gods. It's a meditative, expertly crafted mature pop record, filled with subtle sonic textures -- ranging from banjos to harmoniums, all adding colors to layers of primarily acoustic guitars -- that give this low-key, reflective music a rich variety of color. While Everyone Is Here lacks the brightness of much of Woodface, it's the Finn Brothers' strongest collection of songs since that masterpiece, and arguably their most emotionally resonant album to date. With any luck, it won't be another decade's wait until the sequel.

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Performance Credits

Finn Brothers   Primary Artist
Tim Finn   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Hammond Organ,Tambourine,Vocals
Jon Brion   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Percussion,Drums,Electric Guitar,Harmonium,12-string Guitar
Matt Chamberlain   Drums
Davey Faragher   Bass,Bass Guitar
Neil Finn   Banjo,Bass,Guitar,Piano,Tambourine,Vocals,Guitar Loops
Mitchell Froom   Organ,Piano,Wurlitzer
Sebastian Steinberg   Bass,Bass Guitar
Pete Thomas   Drums
Tony Visconti   Mandolin,Cello,Conductor,Double Bass,Throat Singing
Neil Watson   Lap Steel Guitar
Miles Golding   Violin
Don McGlashan   Euphonium
James Crabb   Accordion

Technical Credits

Tim Finn   Composer
Jon Brion   Producer,Percussion Programming,Drum Fills
Noel Crombie   Composer
Chris Dibble   Engineer
Neil Finn   Composer,Producer
Mitchell Froom   Producer,Orchestration,Audio Production
Isobel Griffiths   String Contractor
Nigel Griggs   Composer
Adam Kasper   Engineer
Bob Ludwig   Mastering
Tony Visconti   Producer,Engineer,Orchestration,String Arrangements,Adaptation
Gavyn Wright   String Conductor
Finn Brothers   Producer,String Arrangements
Steven Rhodes   Engineer
Neil Baldock   Engineer
David Boucher   Engineer
Geoffrey Maddock   String Arrangements
Mario J. McNulty   Engineer
Eddie Rayner   Composer

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