Although I'm a huge Neil and a not so huge Tim-fan, I do agree with you.
Without Tim, Woodface would have been a good, but average CH-album.
With Tim the album is more diverse and up-tempo.Tim give the album a fresh and uplifting sound.
I always liked Split Enz and CH, but only became a huge fan since I heard WWY for the first time on the radio. I couldn't believe my ears!
The decision to include the first batch of Finn songs on a CH album has cost Tim dear in terms of recognition
I don't think that giving the Finn song to Woodface has cost Tim dear in recognition at all.
Most CH fans now like Tim because of Woodface. The collaberation between the Finn brothers on Woodface was good for both the band and Tim, I think.
I prefer Neil's songwriting because its mood captures my soul, Tim's doesn't. Then again Neil writes the same kind of song each time again (but who am I, to complain when I love all those songs).
I prefer the Finn brothers songs above Neil or CH, because Tim adds what Neil is lacking and because I prefer both voices together above only Neil's.
Can't wait for FinnII, wich will be a lot different than Woodface but hopefully as interesting!