Try Whistling This

Try Whistling This

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by Neil Finn
     
 

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When Neil Finn closed the doors on Crowded House, all signs seemed to point to a more experimental direction for future solo releases; even the title of his first solo album, Try Whistling This, implies a reaction against his reputation for well-crafted, highly melodic songs. However, from the opening track, the light and breezy…  See more details below

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When Neil Finn closed the doors on Crowded House, all signs seemed to point to a more experimental direction for future solo releases; even the title of his first solo album, Try Whistling This, implies a reaction against his reputation for well-crafted, highly melodic songs. However, from the opening track, the light and breezy "Last One Standing," Finn puts all fears to rest. Try Whistling This does dabble in experimentation -- most notably in the feedback and distorted vocals of the paranoid "Twisty Bass" and the mild trip-hop groove of "Sinner" -- but throughout, he shows restraint, tastefully incorporating more exotic effects while staying true to his high melodic standard and meticulous songcraft. Finn seems clearly freed from the restraints of being in a band, allowing him to try a lot of different ideas, from the sweeping "Souvenir" to the instant pop classic of "She Will Have Her Way," to more delicate atmospheric pieces like the title track, ultimately creating his most complex and diverse set to date. And though many of the songs take time to reveal their treasures, it's worth the effort. Try Whistling This features some of Finn's best work yet, and in a nearly flawless catalog like his, that's quite impressive.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/16/1998
Label:
Sony Mod - Afw Line
UPC:
0074646937228
catalogNumber:
69372
Rank:
134437

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Neil Finn   Primary Artist,Multi Instruments
Tony Allen   Drums
Mitchell Froom   Hammond Organ
Jim Moginie   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Omnichord
Sebastian Steinberg   Bass
Pete Thomas   Drums
Liam Finn   Guitar,Drums
Michael Barker   Percussion,Drums
Lyn Buchannan   Drums
Robert Moore   Bass
Robert Moore   Bass

Technical Credits

Tchad Blake   Producer,Engineer
Marius de Vries   Programming,Producer
Neil Finn   Producer,Contributor
Jim Moginie   Producer
Nigel Godrich   Remixing
Paddy Free   Programming,Engineer
Sam Gibson   Engineer
Grant Thomas   Management
Robert Moore   Typeface

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Try Whistling This 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this album not long after it came out in 1998, and it has worn very well over the years. Very strong songwriting, interesting arrangements, and lyrics that leave you thinking. It is understated at times, and at others he really branches out from the arrangements he used in Crowded House and Split Enz.