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Say It Is So
     

Say It Is So

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by Tim Finn
 
Although "adult pop" may sound like an oxymoron these days, that's precisely the specialty of the house at casa de Finn -- and has been since the glory days of Split Enz. All the hallmarks of Tim Finn's style are in ample evidence on this warm, beckoning collection -- lush acoustic guitars, provocatively off-kilter rhythms, and lyrics that

Overview

Although "adult pop" may sound like an oxymoron these days, that's precisely the specialty of the house at casa de Finn -- and has been since the glory days of Split Enz. All the hallmarks of Tim Finn's style are in ample evidence on this warm, beckoning collection -- lush acoustic guitars, provocatively off-kilter rhythms, and lyrics that can charm and cut with equal panache. For the most part, Finn seems in an upbeat, if languid, mood this time around, weaving tales of dreamy fantasy ("Underwater Mountain") and palpable emotion (the trip-hop-tinged "Shiver"). On the latter front, "Good Together" is one of the more moving, cliché-free love songs you'll hear these days; although Finn's soul-baring never approaches Hallmark territory, his sentiment is hard to miss. But don't go thinking that he's gone all soft on us -- "Death of a Popular Song" is as spot-on cynical as anything Finn has ever written, skewering hipster types with suggestions like "Let's start a ridiculous trend, you and I/Pretend we know what's going on." Whether you chuckle or turn red with embarrassment, it's guaranteed to strike a chord.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Seven years separated Tim Finn's fourth album, 1993's Before & After, and his fifth, Say It Is So, by which time he was left without a label. With a backlog of songs and inspiration from American alt-country acts, Finn went to Nashville in late 1998 to record with producer and multi-instrumentalist Jay Joyce, lacking any clear idea where or when the record would be released. He eventually put it out himself, through Sonny's Pop Records, and it certainly sounds like his first full-fledged independent release. For the first time, Finn sounds entirely unconscious of the charts, which, coupled with his voice's new deep, gravelly texture, may be disarming at first. Although he hasn't concentrated on writing shiny pop songs, he also hasn't abandoned melody -- it's just that this time, he writes melodies like singer/songwriters do, resulting in songs that take a little longer to take hold. They're coupled to production that is fairly stripped down, yet also atmospheric, with its blend of dry guitars, old keyboards, muted drums, and the occasional distorted meaning -- an apt match for Finn's most shaded lyrics to date. All of these sonic textures and elliptical, yet vaguely rootsy songs are quite different from any of Finn's previous solo works. Consequently, Say It Is So may take some time before it reveals its rewards, but it eventually emerges as one of Finn's finest efforts. There may not be any initial standouts, but overall, there are no weak moments, and it's some of the sturdiest, most consistent songwriting he's ever done on one record. Some listeners may miss the pop sheen or Finn's good humor -- this is a relatively sober affair, unlike much of his catalog -- but Say It Is So feels like one of his strongest and most personal records.
Entertainment Weekly - Larua Morgan
...these precisely constructed songs of love and loneliness have more of the sentimental spring of brother Neil’s Crowded House, than any Tennessee twang.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/29/2000
Label:
What Are Records
UPC:
0744626003921
catalogNumber:
60039

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tim Finn   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Giles Reaves   Drums,Snare Drums
Julie Miller   Background Vocals
Bruce Bouton   Pedal Steel Guitar
Ken Coomer   Drums,Snare Drums
Chris Feinstein   Bass Guitar
Jay Joyce   Guitar,Keyboards,Sounds
Laurence Maddy   Guitar
Jackie Orszaczky   Bass Guitar
Kalai Lam   Ukulele,nose flute,Log Drums
Matt Johnson   Drums
Matt Johnson   Snare Drums

Technical Credits

Tim Finn   Composer,Liner Notes
Jay Joyce   Producer
Rick "Soldier" Will   Engineer
Jackie Orszaczky   String Arrangements
Peter Contini   Engineer
Rosalie Gascoigne   Inspirador,Inspiration

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Say It Is So 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For Tim Finn fans out there, 'Say It Is So' is definitely a must-have. Tim's songwriting is laid out superbly on this CD. I can't stop listening to it!!!