After the more experimental Try Whistling This, One Nil reverts to the guitar based approach of Crowded House, even though it’s more personal and subtle. Unexpected support comes from former Prince collaborators Wendy and Lisa, who add a slightly funky edge to songs like ‘Rest Of The Day Off’ and ‘Hole In The Ice’; it’s not as an extreme juxtaposition as it sounds on paper, and these songs dovetail into the rest of the album nicely.
One Nil is consistently full of modest, well crafted efforts like the charming melodic ‘Wherever You Are’ and ‘Last To Know’, with its gentle verse and climactic chorus, There are plenty of accessible and emotional pop tunes like ‘Turn and Run’ and ‘Anytime’, while ‘Into The Sunset’ ends the album on a gorgeous note with its beautiful coda.
There’s hardly anything trail blazing or instantly catchy about this record, but it’s eminently likable; if you’re already a fan of Finn’s melodic and thoughtful pop, it’s hard to go too far wrong with One Nil. There was also a revised version of the album for the American market titled One All, which supplants a couple of the weaker songs (the awkward rocker ‘Don’t Ask Why’ and the interesting atmospheric ‘Elastic Heart’) with a couple of new tracks, as well as some re-sequencing and re-mixing.