Lightsleeper Review Roundup

I know a few random reviews have been posted but here’s a thread for those to come (spoiler, they’re generally very positive):

https://www.hotpress.com/music...lbum-review-22752614

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/ent...mp;objectid=12110715

https://crypticrock.com/neil-l...leeper-album-review/

https://sungenre.com/music/rev...m-finn-lightsleeper/

https://soundblab.com/reviews/...inn-lightsleeper/amp

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While WaPo is quite positive, the others here are more mixed, definitely finding positives and standout tracks, but also finding the eclecticism and Neil’s desire to stray from his established strengths a little frustrating:

https://www.washingtonpost.com...770dcddc2_story.html

https://www.irishtimes.com/cul...e-1.3602025?mode=amp

https://www.popmatters.com/nei...-2598465214.amp.html

https://amp.theguardian.com/mu...our-out-the-melodies

 

I totally disagree that Nick Bollinger’s review was more descriptive than analysis.

At the end of listening to my review I was actually quite taken by how much insight he provided me, as a long time Neil fan. As he made his comments it felt like he was verbalising things that made sense and found myself concurring aloud with  ’yes’ ‘yes’ . I always enjoy his reviews, but on this I felt his perspective nailed what it was I liked about it, and made me listen with an extra level of thought. I especially like the commment that together they made an album neither could have made alone. I also concurred with linkages to the first Finn album.

This review provided me with insightful analysis, and gave me perspectives that helped me listen with new ears to the album that was really starting to grab me and reveal as one surpassing my expectations. I had been somewhat lukewarm about Liam but very happy with this album. 

Jaffaman posted:

https://www.radionz.co.nz/nati...y-neil-and-liam-finn

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.

sinner62 posted:

I totally disagree that Nick Bollinger’s review was more descriptive than analysis.

At the end of listening to my review I was actually quite taken by how much insight he provided me, as a long time Neil fan. As he made his comments it felt like he was verbalising things that made sense and found myself concurring aloud with  ’yes’ ‘yes’ . I always enjoy his reviews, but on this I felt his perspective nailed what it was I liked about it, and made me listen with an extra level of thought. I especially like the commment that together they made an album neither could have made alone. I also concurred with linkages to the first Finn album.

This review provided me with insightful analysis, and gave me perspectives that helped me listen with new ears to the album that was really starting to grab me and reveal as one surpassing my expectations. I had been somewhat lukewarm about Liam but very happy with this album. 

Glad that folks enjoyed the Nick Bollinger review. He's one of my favorite music reviewers.

Been playing around with the song order and realized that, for me, "Meet Me In The Air" works better later in the album.  For me, it's just a bit too dreamy and slow to be the 2nd song especially as the album starts with an atmospheric song in "Island of Peace".  I like both songs a lot but, at least for me, the album loses some steam starting with two slow, dreamy songs in "Island of Peace" and "Meet Me In The Air". I love Island of Peace as the first song so I moved Meet Me In The Air to the #6 track and made a few other shifts and I'm loving the flow of the new sequence. This is what I came up with below. Anyone else trying out different song orders?  Kind of fun ...

  1. Island of Peace
  2. Where’s My Room
  3. Back To Life
  4. Any Other Way
  5. Troubles
  6. Meet Me In The Air
  7. Anger Plays A Part
  8. Hiding Place
  9. Listen
  10. Ghosts
  11. We Know What It Means
  12. Hold Her Close

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