Wore out the cassette
Pamela J. Thalner | Cincinnati, Ohio | 04/07/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I discovered Tim Finn through Crowded House and since I loved Neil's work, and Tim's with the group, I took a chance with this record. First bought it on cassette, and I fell in love -- I was devastated when the tape actually broke. I finally picked up the CD recently and was very glad I did; it remains on high rotation in my collection.
Tim's strong songwriting is complimented by his marvelous voice, which soars or growls but always seems to be perfect for the moment. Every song on this record is such a classic to me that it's hard to pick out favorites, but "Persuasion", "In Love With It All", "In Your Sway", "Strangeness and Charm", and "Many's the Time (in Dublin)" come to mind for their powerful melodies and compelling lyrics. Fans of Neil Finn will also enjoy the two songs he collaborated on (perhaps this was a precursor to the incredible Finn Brothers records), "In Love With It All" and "Strangeness and Charm". And another guest star, Liam O Maonlai from Hothouse Flowers, appears on "Many's the Time". I'm also fond of "Hit the Ground Running", which reminds me, oddly, of Stephen King's The Stand.
Listen to it a few times and it'll get under your skin -- in a very good way."