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Dizzy Heights (Bonus Track Version)

Neil Finn

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Album Review

Since 2001's One Nil — which was later reworked into One All — Neil Finn has recorded an album with his brother Tim, reunited Crowded House for two new albums, formed the collective 7 Worlds Collide, launched Pajama Club with his wife Sharon, and released a live record in tandem with Paul Kelly, but despite all this activity there is one thing he's avoided: releasing a collection of his original songs under his own name. Dizzy Heights rectifies that situation and not in a predictable fashion. Collaborating with Dave Fridmann, a producer who made his reputation through his work with neo-psychedelic bands Mercury Rev and the Flaming Lips, Finn luxuriates within the fathomless spaciness of Dizzy Heights. Effects and sounds bubble up and fade away and, initially, it's hard not to concentrate on these shifting soundscapes, not because they're foreign to Finn — ever since the initial disbandment of Crowded House he's been increasingly restless and experimental — but because the production is as focused and precise as his songcraft. This is a new development. Usually, whenever Finn indulged in spacy, elastic psychedelia the results were pleasingly hazy, but here every electromagnetic throb and aural shard is in its right place, heightening the overall effect and, occasionally, distracting from the typically finely constructed tunes. Underneath the aural lava lamp, Finn is taking compositional risks, too: the title track is underpinned with smooth soul, "Divebomber" unfurls into an ominous march, and "White Lies and Alibis" has a tension within its structure in addition to its skittering, skeletal production. Finn still turns out strong pop songs as expected — "Flying in the Face of Love," "Pony Ride," and "Recluse" — but the Fridmann production keeps them lively and surprising, which is the key to Dizzy Heights: it is a seamless blend of Finn's longstanding popcraft and latter-day adventure, and it satisfies on both counts. [Dizzy Heights was also released on LP.]

Customer Reviews


I've been a big fan of Neil Finn's since Split Enz. I loved Crowded House and his Finn Bros work as well as his two solo albums. This is a huge departure from all of it. This is almost like a bizarre concept album...there's none of the classic song writing Neil's become known for. It's all mood and atmosphere without any guts. I'm so disappointed.

Neil Finn is Underrated...

Can’t wait for this album. Neil is easily one of the most underrated song writers of our time.

Mesmerizing Heights

Neil Finn stands on the precipice, peering through sun-drenched clouds with a mix of fear and curiosity at the view of ominous waters below. Serving as both a metaphor and a description of the cover on Finn’s 3rd solo release, Dizzy Heights, this surreal scene captures the essence of high risk: actions that push us to the brink of what we know and beckon us to leap into the unknown. This is a risk that Neil Finn chooses willingly, a stunning feat for this master songwriter, and the risk pays off here with an album that delivers on multiple levels. ‘Dive Bomber’, the first official release from Finn’s new album, reminds us that when poised on the precipice “there’s only one way down”, yet in this song and throughout the record, Finn hovers gracefully between a dreamlike realm and all that is real and tangible.

On Dizzy Heights, Finn pushes the bounds of expression on his most personal album to date. His inspiring and beautifully crafted lyrics reveal the full spectrum of intimacy by exploring a range of feelings, including lust (‘Dizzy Heights’), euphoria mixed with apprehension (‘Dive Bomber’), giddiness (‘Pony Ride’), loss (‘In my Blood’), longing (‘White Lies and Alibis’), admiration (‘Strange Friends’), compassion (‘Recluse’), and nostalgia (‘Lights of New York’). With a voice that resonates with sincerity, Finn moves us from heady romance through deep commitment. Throughout Dizzy Heights, Finn muses on love while making songs that seem to be written with only you in mind.

Sonic risks abound in this collaborative production between Finn and producer Dave Fridmann of Tarbox Studios. Fridmann, known for his work with Flaming Lips, OK Go, Tame Impala, and Mercury Rev creates detailed sonic layers enhanced by analog alchemy. The Finn/Fridmann collaboration on Dizzy Heights is unique for creating surreal aural soundscapes built upon beautifully crafted songs replete with soaring melodies, dynamic chord changes and solid rhythm. As a result, these songs are as danceable as they are listenable. And like all great psychedelic pop, the cinematic scope of Dizzy Heights promises to take you down the rabbit hole for wondrous years to come.

Lisa Hartjen


Born: May 27, 1958 in Te Awamutu, New Zealand

Genre: Rock

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

Neil Finn has consistently proven his knack for crafting high-quality songs that combine irresistible melodies with meticulous lyrical detail, from his beginnings as the precocious junior member of Split Enz, through his leadership of Crowded House, and, finally, in his distinguished solo career. He has also earned considerable international commercial...
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