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

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

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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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/23/2010
Label:
Emi Import
UPC:
5099994710229
catalogNumber:
9471022

Tracks

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
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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