Everyone Is Here

(2004), 5.5/10
The Finn Brothers’ first album as a duo was stripped down, with an off-the-cuff flavour, but Everyone Is Here is the opposite, with a smooth radio friendly sound. Everyone Is Here was originally completed with Tony Visconti as producer, before being scrapped and rerecorded with Mitchell Froom. It’s unfair to complain too much given that the brothers have an established style and it’s a solid showcase of what they do best, but Everyone Is Here is too safe and mannered despite some excellent songs. This impression isn’t helped by the lyrics, often based around the themes of ageing, which help to take even more of an edge off. It’s the gentlest songs that make the biggest impression; ‘Edible Flowers’, which originally surfaced on Neil’s Seven Worlds Collide live album, uses his vulnerable upper register, ‘Disembodied Voices’ is delicate and pretty, while ‘Gentle Hum’ is an excellent atmospheric piano-driven closer. They’re still able to channel energy successfully into some of the upbeat material like the single ‘Won’t Give In’, ‘Part Of Me, Part Of You’ and ‘Nothing Wrong With You’, which showcase some surprisingly energetic harmonies, which do help to add some character to a record that occasionally teeters towards blandness. Everyone Is Here is a workmanlike record that will satisfy their fan-base without setting the world alight.

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