First time I heard this track I thought it was Liam singing (which mad sense given he wrote it.) Hearing it again I'm not sure - some lines sound like Liam, others like Neil. I know their voices can sound similar. Is it Liam? It is Liam in verse 1 and Neil in verse 2? Do they alternate lines?! What do you guys think?
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I think Neil joins in for part of it. It's a great song from Liam and a vocal is spot on from him too.
I think it is mostly Liam, though they do sound eerily similar sometimes, so I could be wrong.
As far as the song goes, it's a good song, and I like it well enough, but it's (to me) the least "CH" sounding song on the album. I often play the mental game of moving songs from album to album for better "fit", and this one should have been on Lightsleeper. It would have been a standout there, instead of sounding out of place on DAW. Just my two cents worth.
I hear Liam singing lead for the entire track. If Neil were singing it I think it would work for me on this album. With Liam taking lead it’s harder for me to buy into it as a CH song.
It sounds like it would fit in Intriguer. Sounds quite similar to Either Side of the World. Might be the reason why I’m not sure if I like it....
Goodness — to my ears this sounds like Neil throughout. I know Neil’s and Liam’s voices are quite similar, which is why they harmonize so effectively throughout Dreamers are Waiting. But Liam’s phrasing always sounds a little different to me. He doesn’t talk-sing his way through a lyric the way Neil often does. His phrasings are always straighter, in a way that suits harmonies; even when he sings lead on a marvellous song like Everyone Come to the Chapel, it sounds as if he’s doing a backing vocals track (in this case for an absent Hessie, whom he’s singing about). Goodnight Everyone’s phrasing sounds, by contrast, like pure Neil, even though he’s singing in a higher (and thinner) register than in his glory days. But I could be totally wrong about this.
Sounds like Liam to me too, but it did take me until the second listen to come to that conclusion.
I think it is Liam, but some parts are definitely very Neil like. Great song!
Definitely Liam on lead vocal - you can hear that more on headphones. Whatever, it's a great song.
I personally don’t see that much similarity in Neil & Liam’s voice. They sound like they’re related, but on a spectrum analyzer their voices would look very different. Liam has a significantly higher formant and lacks the natural rasp and rich lower-midrange body of Neil’s voice. Neil used to sing with more disciplined pitch but has taken to singing ever-so-slightly flat much of the time (and I mean this beyond the just intonation of a major third etc). It almost always comes across as a stylistic trait rather than "out of tune" but it's different from Liam who seems to hew much closer to the line. Their phrasing choices are also distinct...Liam does a lot more scoops and portamentos than Neil. There are fleeting moments where you might mistake one for the other but 95% of the time they sound quite different to my ears.
Really interesting how we all hear it a little differently. I played it again today with a 'It's Liam' mindset and still found myself hearing Neil-ish lines - more rasp, more of an aged voice. Anyway...great song either way! (I bet they read this stuff and have a right laugh...)
I thought it was Liam throughout. I also thought this was the most skippable track on the album. Until I woke up this morning with the tune stuck in my head, now I have a compulsion to play it. Music is weird.
Amid the back-and-forth over Is It A Neil? Is It A Liam? It’s Superfinn!, I forgot to say this: I absolutely LOVE Nick’s bass line in this one. That simple high-fret skip pattern gives the song its crackle and momentum.
This is the best track of DAW. Very Crowdish and equal to the vibe of TA, which Neil never reached again since 1993.
I still think it sounds like it would fit in Intriguer. Sounds quite similar to Either Side of the World. It just doesn’t seem to do it for me. Anything Intriguerish i subconsciously shun....
I‘m sure this is Neil singing.
To me it sounds like Liam but above all, the whole song sounds like it is by a Melbourne band called Husky.
This is one of my favorite tracks on the album - most definitely a Liam vocal. I wouldn’t be surprised if it is Liam on drums as well.
I’ll be Lightening is one of my favourite Finn albums (well in the top 10 - there are plenty of good ones!) and there are some things about this song that take me back to that album.