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.
Performance CreditsNeil 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 CreditsTchad 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 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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.