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Editors’ Notes

The penultimate Split Enz album to feature founding singer/songwriter Tim Finn was the New Zealand band's most mature statement up to that time. Without drastically changing their approach, they sanded off some of their new wave edges in favor of a more traditionally melodic pop-rock approach. The downright funky syncopation of "Dirty Creature" and "Never Ceases to Amaze Me" introduced a visceral quality that was new for these art-poppers. The Enz still retain their quirky side though, and on "Six Months in a Leaky Boat"—one of the band's biggest hits—they achieve the ideal balance between musical left turns and emotion-stirring lyrics.

Customer Reviews

Genius, Virtually Ignored

I began listening to Split Enz in the 80's because my younger brother was playing some of the catchy tunes on Waiata. Although I liked them, I didn't take them entirely seriously as a band at the time. I am fortunate though that I was there to listen to this album, Time and Tide as well as Conflicting Emotions at the times of there release. I still love these albums thirty years later. Split Enz was a quirky, sometimes odd, but always wonderful band that could generate both catchy pop tunes as well as darkly intelligent rock music. They were unique and very, very special. Unfortunately here in the US this band and these albums have been virtually ignored. For example, these albums are just now coming to iTunes. Neil Finn is widely recognized by critics as a songwriter but his legacy is essentially unknown to the American music-buying public. That is a great shame.

I agree with the reviewer that Time and Tide is probably the pinnacle of Split Enz output. It achieves this without a large number of popular tracks. Time and Tide is their most consistent album start to finish. Their quirkiness and command of melody is on full display throughout, especially in 'Six Months in a Leaky Boat' and 'Never Ceases to Amaze Me'. There are also catchy pop\rock masterpieces such as "Hello Sandy Allen', 'Small World'. 'Haul Away\Log Cabin Fever' would strike anyone as very odd on first listening but its dark genius eventually reveals itself with a stirring, positive message. What really stands out about Time and Tide is the craftsmanship that went into this album. These aren't just songs. These are sonic constructions created within the framework of a song. This album is a true masterpiece!

Oh, what can I say? What words are worthy...

Like other reviewers, I wore this tape out in my walkman. Strolling and taking the metro around Seattle on rainy nights and wet, bleary mornings, imagining myself at the helm of a rough-hewn yet reliable schooner! The water-logged city was my sea, and all of my life was an adventure! I graduated in '85, and as this album faded into my past, it caught ahold somewhere, nestled in, and built a permanent home in my mind. I am simple amazed that after not hearing the songs since the advent of CDs, I can immediately sing along, every word. What is it about this music?? How can I hum the chords and baselines, when I can't even remember my 30th birthday party? Well, if the one thing left in my head as I turn the corner to frailty is this music, I will die happy. I wish I could hug these guys, and make them know that their music made a troubled teen's life seem good enough to keep trying, and eventually find his path. Thank you, Split Enz, for this.


I've been searching for this album for years. Had it when I lived in NZ in 82-86, but could not find in the US. Every song is a brilliant and showcases Neil Finn's brilliance.


Formed: 1972 in Auckland, New Zealand

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s

Best known for their early-'80s new wave pop hits, particularly "I Got You," Split Enz -- after surviving a dizzying array of image and personnel changes and a full decade without any recognition outside of their homeland -- became the first New Zealand band to achieve worldwide success. Although they never reached superstar status outside of Australia and New Zealand, the band developed a strong international cult following that continued to thrive over a decade after their breakup. Split Enz's...
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