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Album Review

Tim Finn teamed up with playwright Jeremy Brock for his second solo outing, Big Canoe. Although the collaboration is predictably ambitious — probably Finn's most ambitious since the early days of Split Enz — beneath all the overblown arrangements and slightly dated production lie some terrific songs. Material like "No Thunder No Fire No Rain," "Hyacinth," and "Carve You in Marble" deserves a better setting, but the album is still able to shine, and some minor flaws are forgivable, especially to diehard fans. Big Canoe also marks a welcome reunion between Finn and ex-Enz collaborator Phil Judd, who contributes sitar and rhythm guitar to a couple of tracks.

Biography

Born: June 25, 1952 in Te Awamutu, New Zealand

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Singer/songwriter keyboardist/guitarist Tim Finn was born in Te Awamutu, New Zealand. Influenced by not only British Invasion acts like the Beatles, the Move, and the Kinks, but also his Catholic upbringing and the communal singalongs of the native Maori people, Finn founded the '70s art-rock turned new wave band Split Enz, leading the band through several albums to moderate international success. The success of the between-albums solo project, Escapade, led to his leaving the band in 1983. He followed...
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