The Sampler review by RNZ’s Nick Bollinger.
Bollinger’s comments on Where’s My Room resonate with me:
“I don’t know how it ranks as a song, with a lyric that makes rather a meal out of a mundane scenario the Finns must be only too familiar with: losing track of one’s hotel room during a tour. Still, as a studio event it’s delightful...”
Lots of fun-to-listen-to studio work on this album. But the songs themselves don’t always stand up for me beyond being a framework over which to go nuts in the studio. The more traditional songs seem a little weak by Finn standards (though the chorus of Back To Life gets stuck in my head). I think Hold Her Close is my favorite though, a solid song with lush, adventurous sonic textures.