koabac posted:Paināporo posted:
I do think songs like "Anger Plays a Part", "Any Other Way", and "Hold Her Close" are classic Liam Finn songs that would fit well on his albums. I hear Neil helping with production and song craft on those, but I don't think they would have sounded substantially different if Liam had recorded them on his own.
I can see that. It's funny, though, because, as I mentioned earlier, "Anger" sounds a LOT to me like an unused Neil demo. It has his sense of melody to my ears, although, as I also mentioned, Neil's sense of melody has sorta "infected" the whole Finn family and, not being overly familiar with Lima's solo work, I wouldn't be surprised if Liam's developed a natural ability to go into that territory.
Completely agree that there is a Finn family songwriting style. I thought that when I heard Tim's album The Conversation, which now sounds a lot like the musical sibling to Out of Silence. Neil is such a genius when it comes to melody and chord changes. It's truly staggering how seemingly effortlessly he creates emotion through simple chord changes. I'm sure it takes a ton of work on his end, but it seems so effortless when you hear the songs play out.
As far as the new album goes, I hear it as a fairly equal songwriting effort between Neil and Liam but I do notice that Neil seems to be tailoring his songs to be more experimental and more in Liam's wheelhouse. Thus, the album does come across as more of a Liam album than a Neil album. I see that some critics (such as Allmusic) have criticized the album for being too Liam-focused and shying away from Neil's strengths. I think that's an unfair criticism as those elements are there but the listener has to dig a little deeper.
That being said, my only "critique" of the album is that I wish "Listen" had been included on Out of Silence (along with "Never Return"), and perhaps another Neil/Liam song taken it's place. I've created my own "Out of Silence" playlist that includes a bunch of songs that, to me, would have bit nicely on that album. Either way, I'm beyond thrilled with the new album and can't wait to continue to explore the songs.