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The Sun Came Out

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Neil Finn assembled 7 Worlds Collide and this, their second offering, benefits Oxfam International and features Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, Glenn Kotche, John Stirratt and Pat Sansone as well as Johnny Marr, Bic Runga, KT Tunstall, Ed O’Brien, Phil Selway, Sebastian Steinberg, Lisa Germano, Don McGlashan, Glenn Richards, and the Finn brothers, Neil, Tim and Liam. The collaboration between Tweedy and Marr is the most fetching — “Too Blue” opens like an anglophile’s version of Wilco replete with that unmistakable Smithsesque guitar tone, sweeping strings, and Tweedy’s scratchy voice making for an uncanny musical chemistry. Tweedy goes solo on “Duxton Blues” mixing garage rock and Americana to sound like Golden Smog. But under his acoustic guitar he adds simple drum machine and keys to the plaintive ballad “What Could Have Been.” Marr plays and sings on “Run In The Dust,” a haunting Britpop gem where he inflects a bit like Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie. Lisa Germano’s “Reptile” sounds like an art-folk gem from a late-‘90s 4AD compilation and Neil Finn’s “All Comedians Suffer” is quirky and catchy.

Customer Reviews

A Rare Moment

Much is often made of collaborations--the hope for them, then wishing they hadn't, or the rare moment when they create something unexpected, transcendent of your fear of disappointment--moments of beauty and honesty unencumbered by pretention. This record is the latter--a real joy to listen to. Each song turns a different corner as the writers and performers change and overlap, and the result is an album simply brimming with good songs, each impeccably produced and sonically unique. It is, therefore, most astonishing that all the songs 'feel' like they belong on the same record. Perhaps this can be attributed to the atmosphere in which it was recorded, and the good cause that it supports, but the record certainly stands well on its own outside of its charitable intent. So: you can buy it to help Oxfam, or you can buy it because it's a wonderful record, or both. A win-win-win.

Why not Hazel Black?

Why do they sometimes keep one song from being purchased, to induce us to buy the whole album? I don't buy entire albums much anymore so the strategy failed. Lose, lose. I don't get my tune and they don't get their sale.

Great music, great artists

I love music that introduces me to artists I have never heard before, or music which lets me hear familiar artists in a new light. That's what this album does for me.

I know Neil Finn, Johnny Marr, Lisa Germano, and Wilco, and love their work. I know of the Radiohead guys, as I am a fan of them as well. But this music brings all of these artists together (and more), mixes them up, and produces a beautiful work of art. Now I am going to look at all the music from the other artists on this album, because what they produced here wowed me.

The Sun Came Out, 7 Worlds Collide
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