Song of the Day, May 6: Only Talking Sense by Finn Brothers

FinnBrosFinnToday’s song is a long-delayed collaboration. The Finn brothers began their professional musical relationship when Neil joined Split Enz at his older brother Tim’s request. The siblings gradually settled into a shared leadership role, cemented with the band’s standout album, True Colours. When Tim left to go solo, Neil carried on for awhile, then formed Crowded House. They always intended to record something as a duo, but their first sessions evolved into the third Crowded House album, Woodface. Some tracks from those sessions formed the basis of Finn, released in 1993, over 15 years after Neil joined Split Enz.

The opening track, Only Talking Sense, launches the collaboration in fine form. A set of disjointed images and vignettes, it has an eerie childhood memory flavor that works well for the sibling pairing. The lyrics dissect various forms of intimate power, concluding that clear thought sometimes requires dire circumstance. The brothers are in fine voice over a nice, lo-fi backdrop that lets their words take center stage.

Enjoy this great song today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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