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Album Review

Neil Finn released the subtle and understated One Nil in 2001 to most parts of the world except the U.S., where he remained without a record deal. By 2002 Finn signed a distribution deal with Nettwerk America for the album, though by this point, the widely imported One Nil had already fallen into the hands of his die-hard fans. With that deal, Finn rethought the album's U.S. incarnation, maybe for commercial reasons and maybe for artist reasons (most likely a bit of both). The resulting album, One All, evolved into a different record, which dropped two tracks (the quirky rocker "Don't Ask Why" and the awkward and moody "Elastic Heart") in favor of two others ("Lullaby Requiem," an achingly beautiful role-reversed lullaby sung by a son to his dying mother, and "Human Kindness," a seeming B-side made good). Four songs were also remixed: "The Climber," "Driving Me Mad," "Hole in the Ice," and "Turn and Run." Additional resequencing of the tracks led to a much better flow and consistent feel. Overall, One All is a stronger album than the already great One Nil, though the differences are quite subtle. Anyone who missed the album the first time around will undoubtedly be impressed by Finn's masterful songwriting, which is here in abundance. Those who picked it up in the earlier form will certainly need this version as well — the first take seems somewhat of a work-in-progress in comparison.

Customer Reviews

a true genius, in my opinion

Has no written a review of this album? Neil Finn is, I think, a genius, and I use that word very purposefully. It's bewildering, the number of beautiful, sad, heart-wrenching songs he's written in the course of his career--beautiful, but with a vague sense of threat which is what, in my opinion, makes them so powerful over time. I imagine it must even be bewildering to him sometimes, to have written a song like "Driving Me Mad" (my favorite on this album) and to know that that is something you made, somehow.

Amazing!! BUY IT!

Just buy this record if you're a fan of Crowded House or Split Enz and have even sort of heard of Neil Finn. Front to back awesome awesome. Some of the best songwriting I have ever heard. Turn and Run has to be one of my all time favorite songs now! What a record!

Overlooked talent

Neil is my FAVORITE musician. His songs require a bit of time. Introspective, evocative yet obtuse lyrics have me coming back to his songs time after time. My favorite are the slow atmospheric stuff esp. Secret God, Lullaby Requiem, and Into the Sunset. When I saw him perform solo he did a rocking version of Human Kindness, a life affirming song.

Biography

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 success, respect from his peers, praise from critics, and a devoted fan base that hangs on his every release. Born Neil Mullane Finn, on May 27,...
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