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By now, most of you who have ordered it should have received your Feeding the Gods so I was thinking of reflecting on it song by song and seeing what people think, a quasi-review if you will.

Overall, I think, the production is flawless...it's a back to basics drums, bass and over-driven guitar kinda album...and Tim's voice fares very well silencing those who criticised his last outing.

1. Songline:
To me this seems like a muscial journey through Tim's career lyric-wise.
"All those things that I left behind, they were never mine"
It's very rocky and Kirsten Morrelle's vocals blend perfectly with Tim's, not just on this track but right throughout the album.

2. I'll Never Know:
I remember reading an interview where Tim acknowledged that his attitudes had changed, largely thanks to Marie and Harper...he's less grumpy and more accepting and optimistic. This song seems to confirm that very much.
"I'll never know what came over me, I only know that you showed me how to live differently"
It is also riddled with Buddhist dogma with regard to material gain and reincarnation/karma. Again the vocals are flawless with the harmonies blending perfectly.

3. Subway Dreaming:
Personally I think this song could just as easily have been the first single off the album and has great potential for a equally great video. It does to me for subway travel what REM's 'day-sleeper'did for night-shift work. The drums and guitar at the start borrow from Andy White's 'I couldn't do it' off the 'Teenage' album. A real classic though.

4. Say It Is So:
A great down-to-earth rock tune from Tim and Andy White. Laced with great male backing vocals that give it its hook..

5. What You've Done:
All Tim fans will have this one on the ALT album already but surely we must acknowledge that the new version is superior not only in production value but also in its kick-ass rock-ness. Drums way up in the mix...this could easily be a successful single release.

6. Sawdust and Splinters:
This song starts with a brilliant melodic riff. The lyrics seem somewhat simplistic at first but when the chorus comes in the Enz-type lyric phrase sends a shiver down your spine. It's pure Enz! The use of brushes on the drums instead of sticks add to the perfect production.

7. Dead Man:
The obvious root for this song is a tribute to some or other musical artist. It starts off slow and leads into unarguably one of the best choruses on the album.
"Just when you think it's all been spent, the lemon tree is growing lemons again"
It brings up imagery which seems to be ripe throughout the whole album, Tim's dealing with his mother's passing. My guess is that this will be a favourite when played live.

8. Commonplace:
Like 'Sawdust...' this song has some very simplistic lyrics which are very situational in their meaning. This, however, seems to compliment the whole feeling behind the song, "it's commonplace but it's so lovely". Tim plays with some of the words in this song which give it something extra and not unpleasant.

9. Waiting For Your Moment:
A hidden classic within the album. This song does so much for me the way the vocals blend on the chorus. Probably not single material but definitely an outstanding track.

10. Party Was You:
Personally, I think this song seems to deal entirely with Tim's mother's passing and his realisation that she was always the life and soul of the party.
"I was barefoot in paradise when I knew that the party was you"
All these sentiments captured nice and rockingly within 3 minutes 13 seconds.

11. Incognito in California:
It almost seems that with this Phil Judd written tune, Tim knew that this would be first single. It's probably the most 'produced' track on the album. That said, it shows Judd's talent as a songwriter both lyrically and melodically. It sticks in the back of the head and won't get out even when you've been trying to get asleep for two or three hours. Damn it!

Well what do you guys think?

Brian
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Hi,

Okay then, so after a month with FTG, my overall impression is the same as the one I had when I first got it - WOW. This may well turn out to be my absolute fave Tim album, and that's saying something as 'Tim Finn' has been a long-standing trusted companion for the last few years and as such I never thought he'd top it.

Songline is possibly the strongest opener on any of Tim's albums - it truly kicks ass and sets up the rest of the CD perfectly. The rockier tracks are probably the biggest surprise on this record, and I can't begin to tell you how much I love Commonplace and Dead Man. Truly brilliant, inspirational stuff. Incognito is superb - having never heard Judd's version I don't know if this recording does the song justice, but it sounds like a winner to these ears.

My fave track remains the same as when I first heard the album - Sawdust and Splinters. Genius. No other word for it. I'd say Tim hasn't written a ballad so beautiful since In Your Sway. Don't think I'm ever going to tire of hearing songs like those.

Anyone still in two minds as to whether or not buy Feeding the Gods, don't put it off any longer - this is an ESSENTIAL album.

Cheers,
Spence
Yeah....i really like this album!

I've had it for a while and the best songs in order are:-

11. Sawdust & Splinters:- Well, it's cool that everyone seems to like this song but it doesnt really do anything for me. it just doesnt have the vibe.

10. Say It Is So:- yeah, this song has a nice feel to it, it sorta grooves along at a nice pace but the actual song isnt that mind blowing. it's good enough though.

9. What You've Done:- a cool little rock song, I like the ALT version better, but this is a pretty good choice for 1st single, and Tim's vocals are rockin!

*****this is where it gets tough*****

8. Incognito In California:- This is very Judd and I love the cool accent tim has when he sings. I think timmo has actually started to sing more with a kiwi/aussie type accent and I love it! Very Glen Richardsy.

7. Party Was You:- This song is so cool! What really makes it for me is the cool wierd piano type middle section.....very enzy in a good kinda way! It's pretty obviously about his mum and stuff. It's cooL!

6. I'll Never Know:- I only really got this song this morning. I think it's a really subtle melody that you think just isnt that good until one day it just hits you in the head with a pointy large stick and you realise how good it is>

5. Songline:- Another classic pop song! I love it I love it! This would've been an even better choice for 1st single. pure pop goodness.

4. Waiting For Your Moment:- a really sweet little song which is another one that you sorta pass by until you listen to it on a sunny day and all is good!

3. Subway Dreaming:- Cant even describe the good ness.

2:- Dead Man:- Really cant decribe the goodness!

1. Commonplace:- The middle bit in this is the best music I've heard from anyone in a long time. The bit where he sings 'I wasnt ready'. It's really really good. What else can I say.

And thats me!

Donovan.
Wow. I know that's been a word thrown around in response to or in description of this album. I haven't seen it in stores in the US, but I listen to in constantly via the site.

Till now I thought "Tim Finn" was the best - both in terms of raw songwriting, his voice, and in production. Even though you can tell this is sort of a companion album to Say it Is So production-wise, it sounds like everyone took it up a notch.

Tim sounds really, really good. There are songs on this CD that would sound like they belong with Young Mountain, or Not Even Close, etc. I'm salivating at the thought of producing a new compilation CD including 6-7 of these songs.

I don't get the selection for the single, I think Subway Dreaming, or I'll Never Know, or even Songline would be radio friendly (in the US). Incognito probably sounds less like the rest of the CD than anything else. Who comes up with these ideas?

Amazing - that someone who's written so many songs has come up with such a gem - and it rocks. From the lyrics to the melodies - even the execution - you can tell he's really into it. I've written before slamming the likes of Elton, Rod, and even Sting to a degree for mellowing out so much and being stuck in a ballad-rut as they've grown older.

Aging rockers could take a lesson from Tim Finn.
I thought I'd offer my quasi review of FTG. On the whole it is a nice follow up to SIIS. I don't think its quite as good as its predessor but a worthy addition to Tim's library. Here is my song by song breakdown:
Gold: Songline, Subway Dreaming, Sawdust and Splinters, Incognito in California, the What You've Done remake

Silver: I'll never know, Waiting for the moment, Party was you

So/So: Say it is so, *Dead Man, Commonplace
*i love the lyrics and singing but not the score of the song.

Overall it has 8/9 quality tracks, Its proablly one of the best albums out by anybody right know. For those of you new to Frenz music definitly check this album out, I know Neil usually gets a bigger push, but this is a really good album. I also think Tim is blessed to be a musician who can still come up with creative lyrics that are just as good if not better than when he was younger. How many musicians do we see just disappear or rely on past work because they have nothing new to offer.

Question regarding this album: according to Discogs, the American "pink" version was released first, in October 2001; while the black-and-white Australasian version (with different track order) was released afterwards in early 2002. 

Is that correct?

 

I prefer the Austalasian track order, except I prefer "Incognito in California" as a closer. The US mix of I'll Never Know actively annoys me, whereas I think the Australasian mix is nice.

I think the American "pink" cover is cooler, artier, than the classy photo, though

Last edited by Lance LaSalle

That sounds about right. I have both the pink version and the black and white version. IMO, they destroyed "I'll Never Know" on the Australian version. They cut it down to make it shorter (for radio) which, after falling in love with the original version, I just can't abide. I think the cut out an entire verse?

I also love the way the pink wood grain cover appears to echo the yellow wood grain cover of Say It Is So. To me, it's those two are a Tim Finn double album and I love every second of both of them.

Between One Nil and Feeding The Gods, 2001 was a period of “good albums nobody noticed” for the Finns. It was the gap in between their respective “current artist” and “elder statesmen” periods, the latter of which commenced with 7WC and Everyone Is Here.

It’s a shame in a way because they’re both great records, and I think if FTG had come out toward the end of the 00s it would have been hailed a late career highlight. 

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