I've listened to the CD and enjoyed it, but I hope I can be forgiven for fixating on "Evelyn."
I've been waiting anxiously to hear this song since I read Neil's Letters to My Frenz
What was the first Neil Finn song that Split Enz rehearsed?Neil:
Not sure which came first, probably 'Evelyn', 'Carried Away' or maybe 'Give it a whirl'...probably 'Evelyn'.
That was the first I'd heard of it, and I just about flipped.
I went on here looking for info and found your post, Kelly. I was gravely disappointed by the idea that he might be pronouncing the name to rhyme with "leaving," but still wild to hear the song. After I heard that Neil had played it at the Santa Barbara CH show, I pestered a few of you in PMs: "How did he pronounce it?"
One kind person generously let me hear the live version, and a couple days ago I got my copy of Rare #4. Love it. The song's got much more going on musically than I'd imagined, especially since Neil wasn't yet out of his teens when he wrote it! I guess I'll talk about that in the "Evelyn" thread, but I had to come here and effuse first. Now I'm curious to hear the Ninees version someday.
I haven't paid the rest of the album enough attention yet, but I noted with interest that "As Sure As I Am" featured a woman's voice on harmony. Sharon, maybe? It sounds like her. I liked the slow and dreamy demo, but was struck by how much more I like the final product. To me the song's much stronger in the crisper, more energetic Woodface
The chorus of "Years Go By," on the other hand, has a surprising and enjoyable spookiness in its bare-bones form. Something about the way the voice is underlined simply by a guitar playing the same melody feels eerie to me. The chorus stays in the mood of the verses. That probably wouldn't work well if the song were longer than a minute and a half, but in the demo it sounds great.
Trivia: Am I the only one who hears Neil singing, "He
gets up in the afternoon"?
"More Fool Me" has some very striking lines and some that hit my ear wrong. I don't like the lines about "self-fulfilling prophecy" and "one that's all hypocrisy," but this passage feels really strong: I don't know what it is that we kept from showing
Somehow we've lost everything
And I don't want it back again
I found out that a friendship can stop growing
But how did you know it?
Anyone know when this was written? It sounds recent.
I need to listen to the other songs more before I can venture an opinion, but I'm very happy with the CD.