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Single Review: Liam Finn – Champagne In Seashells (Transgressive)

By | Published on Monday 17 August 2009

Liam Finn

Last year’s ‘I’ll Be Lightning’ album was an unexpected delight – lo-fi but colourful pop songs delivered with an assuredness that’s hardly surprising given New Zealander Finn’s heritage (his dad is Crowded House frontman Neil Finn). And now he’s back with more of the same, this time on a six track EP with Tchad Blake on knob-twiddling duties, who has given the songs that little bit of extra bite and intrigue (and an occasional experimental edge: see the coda to ‘Won’t Change My Mind’ and ‘Captain Cat Is Crying’, the former’s jungle psychedelia and animal noises being particularly beguiling. Elsewhere there’s the usual lilting guitar pop with lush harmonies (and some nice guest vocals from Eliza Jane on ‘On Your Side’) whilst ‘Plane Crash’ is surprisingly angry, with an explosive chorus redolent of well, a plane crash, actually. Good stuff, all told. MS

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