Before And After
Tim Finn uses a variety of instrumentalists and producers on Before & After, his fourth solo album. This approach results in a front-loaded and disjointed album – there are some leftover collaborations with Neil, some dance pop, and some folk – with some great moments. It’s a revelation how gorgeous Tim’s voice is when he sings normally, rather than his hiccoughing persona in Split Enz, crooning his way through the lovely ‘In Your Sway’ and showcasing his falsetto in ‘I Found It’.
Opener ‘Hit The Ground Running’ sounds dated, but the falsetto in the chorus is still gorgeous. ‘In Love With It All’ was inexplicably omitted from Woodface, but is captured here with Ireland’s The Hothouse Flowers, Eddie Rayner and Neil all contributing parts. The single ‘Persuasion’ is a charming acoustic song co-written with Richard Thompson, while ‘Many’s The Time (In Dublin)’ finds Tim exploring his Celtic heritage to wonderful effect. While Before And After isn’t front to back satisfying, it’s well worth hearing the highlights.
Tim Finn’s released a bunch of solo albums, most of which I’m not familiar with – the other one that I’d like to cover sometime is 1989’s Tim Finn, with Mitchell Froom producing.