He Will Have His Way: The Songs of Tim & Neil Finn

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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Five years after the ARIA-nominated success of 2005's female-fronted She Will Have Her Way compilation, the back catalog of Neil and Tim Finn, two of Australia's most celebrated singer/songwriters, is raided yet again for another album of covers. As its title suggests, He Will Have His Way gives the country's male musicians the opportunity to offer their take on 16 of the brothers' classic pop songs over the last 30 years, from both of their groups, Crowded House and Split Enz, their respective solo careers, and their 1994 joint collaboration. An album of two halves, some artists respectfully doth their cap to the Finns with faithful renditions of the source material, such ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Five years after the ARIA-nominated success of 2005's female-fronted She Will Have Her Way compilation, the back catalog of Neil and Tim Finn, two of Australia's most celebrated singer/songwriters, is raided yet again for another album of covers. As its title suggests, He Will Have His Way gives the country's male musicians the opportunity to offer their take on 16 of the brothers' classic pop songs over the last 30 years, from both of their groups, Crowded House and Split Enz, their respective solo careers, and their 1994 joint collaboration. An album of two halves, some artists respectfully doth their cap to the Finns with faithful renditions of the source material, such as Augie March's notoriously moody frontman Glenn Richards' surprisingly straightforward performance of Split Enz's perky 1979 hit "She Got Body, She Got Soul"; Paul Kelly and Angus Stone's duet on "Four Seasons in One Day," a track from the Finns' biggest commercial success, Woodface, and Oh Mercy's version of Crowded House's "I Feel Possessed," where lead singer Alexander Gow sounds uncannily like the writer and performer of the original song himself. On the flipside, several of Australia and New Zealand's more experimental acts riskily attempt to put their own stamp on some much-loved and cherished songs, with predictably mixed results. Dance-punk trio Art Versus Science unnecessarily ramp up the breakneck-speed guitar solos and snarling vocals of the Split Enz's already chaotic art-rock anthem "I See Red" to produce one almighty unlistenable racket, while the Sleepy Jackson's Luke Steele provides an equally messy offering on a warped sci-fi reworking of Crowded House's "Better Be Home Soon," which sounds completely out of place next to the more conventional offerings. However, the likes of Boy & Bear and Chris Cheney are far more successful with their interpretations, the former adding a gorgeous Arcade Fire-esque hymnal quality to the radio staple "Fall at Your Feet," and the latter stripping back the melodic pop
ock of "Distant Sun" with a simple but effective, bluesy, solo electric guitar retooling. Elsewhere, Darren Hayes continues his swirling electronica reinvention with a wistful take on Tim Finn's "Not Even Close," the Mint Chicks' Kody Nielson provides a psychedelic breakbeat edge to Finn's ambient closer "Kiss the Road of Rarotonga," while Dan Sultan and the Break capture the surf rock spirit of Split Enz's "Shark Attack" with some added underwater sound effects and tremolo guitars. With such a wealth of material to choose from, it's a shame that no band decided to cover anything later than Neil Finn's 1997 debut Try Whistling This, especially considering Crowded House's recent triumphant return. But although most of He Will Have His Way pales in comparison both to the originals and its more pleasant ladies' counterpart, it's an admirable attempt at introducing the works of the Finn Brothers to a younger audience.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/23/2010
  • Label: Emi Import
  • EAN: 5099994710229
  • Catalog Number: 9471022
  • Sales rank: 92,852

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Feel Possessed - Oh Mercy (3:15)
  2. 2 Distant Sun - Chris Cheney (3:29)
  3. 3 Fall At Your Feet - Boy & Bear (4:31)
  4. 4 Four Seasons In One Day - Angus Stone (4:18)
  5. 5 She Got Body, She Got Soul - Glenn Richards (3:02)
  6. 6 Addicted - Paul Dempsey (4:09)
  7. 7 Message To My Girl - Jimmy Barnes (4:34)
  8. 8 I See Red - Art vs. Science (4:01)
  9. 9 I Got You - Philadelphia Grand Jury (3:12)
  10. 10 Better Be Home Soon - Luke Steele (4:35)
  11. 11 Private Universe - Artisan Guns (4:15)
  12. 12 Not Even Close - Darren Hayes (4:06)
  13. 13 Shark Attack - Dan Sultan (4:32)
  14. 14 Poor Boy - Perry Keyes (3:49)
  15. 15 Better Be Home Soon - Busby Marou (3:49)
  16. 16 Kiss The Road Of Rarotonga - Kody Nielson (3:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Paul Kelly Guitar, Vocals
Michael Carpenter Celeste, Drums, Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Davey Faragher Bass
Mitchell Froom Keyboards
Peter Luscombe Percussion, Drums
Chris Richards Guitar, Background Vocals
Ben Rodgers Guitar
Michael Urbano Percussion, Drums
Bruce Haymes Organ
Paul Dempsey Vocals
Johny Gauci Accordion, Hammond B3
Jackie Barnes Percussion, Drums
Justin Parker Guitar
Rob Calder Bass
Glenn Richards Guitar, Vocals
Scott Aplin Keyboards
Ross Irwin Trumpet
Matt Johnson Drums
Dario Bortolin Bass, 12-string Guitar
Perry Keyes Vocals
Angus Stone Guitar, Vocals
Dan Luscombe Organ, Piano, Keyboards
Kody Nielson Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Electric Piano, Vocals, Wurlitzer, Hammond B3
Russell Crawford Piano
Mahalia Barnes Background Vocals
David Campbell Background Vocals
Alexander Gow Guitar, Vocals
Greg Spence Trumpet
Jason Moulten French Horn
Jacob Mann Drums
George Muranyi Keyboards
Charlie Lee Bass
Casey Atkins Guitar
Ben Bourke Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
Michael Carpenter Producer, Engineer
Ross Cockle Mastering
Mitchell Froom Producer
John Kilgore Engineer
Jim Moginie Engineer
James Freeman Engineer
Dave Parker Producer, Engineer
John O'Donnell Concept
Wayne Connolly Producer, Engineer
Darren Hayes Producer
Paul Dempsey Producer, Instrumentation
Chris Cheney Producer
Anthony Lycenko Producer, Engineer
Adam Rhodes Engineer
David Boucher Engineer
Justin Parker Programming, Producer, Engineer
Glenn Richards Producer
Paul "Woody" Annison Producer
Luke Steele Producer, Engineer
Craig Hawker Concept
Perry Keyes Producer
Kody Nielson Producer, Engineer
Busby Marou Producer
Rick Will Producer, Engineer
Artisan Guns Producer
Reyne House Engineer
Berkfinger Producer, Engineer
Luke Bert Engineer
Pablo Friedman De Suza Engineer
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