Friday, March 4, 2011
"Unreleased Finn Brothers" : THE WEEKEND MIX
Here's Stephen Thomas Erlewine and a bit of what he had to say on AMG about the Finn Brothers' 2004 release, "Everyone Is Here":
At its heart, this is an album about family -- specifically, about being brothers. This is the first time the Finns have written as directly and abundantly about their kinship, and unlike other famous rock siblings, the Finns' relationship is not only cordial but loving, which doesn't mean that it's any less complex than such legendarily combative brothers from the Everlys through the Gallaghers. Tim and Neil mine their relationship throughout the album -- the word "brother" seems to appear here more often than the entirety of their past work -- and they've come up with a moving set of songs that may not add up to a concept album yet are surely unified by a set of themes. Similarly, despite three different sets of producers (primarily Mitchell Froom, but also Jon Brion and Tony Visconti for individual tracks) the album boasts a unified sound, particularly in comparison to the rather ragged, seemingly unfinished Neil effort One Nil (distilled and strengthened in its American incarnation, One All) or Tim's Feeding the Gods. It's a meditative, expertly crafted mature pop record, filled with subtle sonic textures -- ranging from banjos to harmoniums, all adding colors to layers of primarily acoustic guitars -- that give this low-key, reflective music a rich variety of color.
As much as I adore just about everything Neil & Tim have had a hand in, I'll vote for "Everyone Is Here" as their crowning achievement.
If you aren't familiar with this record, I strongly suggest a good walk around the park, just you and it. In the meantime, for those who are familiar, please enjoy "take one," as heard through the ears of Tony Visconti. Here is the rejected, Visconti-produced version of "Everyone Is Here."
The track list differs slightly to include some tracks that were later released as b-sides. The arrangements are occasionally different, as well. Some are better...I think. Some aren't...I... uh...also think. As my friend Steve Simels would say, "Compare and contrast."
One story is that the label heads thought it needed polishing, so in came Mitchell Froom with his reverb machine. I wish had another story, but that's all I got...well...and this great rarity.
Anything Can Happen
Part Of Me
Way Back Down
Nothing Wrong With You
The Land Torments The Sea
A Life Between Us
Won't Give In
All The Colours
Tell Me C'mon