While he's served up his musical confections in a number of different guises over the past 20 years, Neil Finn remains, at his core, a purveyor of pure pop for now people. On this disc, a revamped version of One Nil, which was released overseas last year, he stays true to form, serving up something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue. The final category holds some of the disc's best moments, particularly "Turn and Run," a rending ballad that teams Finn with Sheryl Crow. "Driving Me Mad" appropriates its shuffling rhythm from the streets of New Orleans, though it's the song's melody -- one of Finn's trademark off-kilter doozies -- that steals the spotlight. Much of the disc, such as the lovesick "Wherever You Are" and the lilting "Lullaby Requiem," falls into the dreamy, introspective territory that yielded Crowded House's most memorable material, with wisps of vocal drifting over the arrangements. But Finn does prove willing to kick things up a notch -- with the help of collaborators Wendy and Lisa Melvoin (best known for their stint in Prince and the Revolution), who are brilliantly showcased on "Last to Know," which snakes along with a Paisley Park-tinged gait, and the bright, breezy "Rest of the Day Off." Having summed up the last few chapters of his career on the live 7 Worlds Collide disc, Finn set himself up to open an entirely new book -- which he does with élan on One All.
Performance CreditsNeil Finn Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Harmonium,Vocals,Synthesizer Guitar,Vibes,chamberlain,Orchestra Bells,Optigan
Lisa Germano Violin,Choir, Chorus,Wurlitzer
Jim Keltner Drums,Vocals
Sheryl Crow Accordion,Vocals
Tchad Blake Rhythm
Lisa Coleman Keyboards,Vocals
Mitchell Froom Celeste,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,chamberlain,Wurlitzer,Pennyosley
Susannah Melvoin Choir, Chorus
Wendy Melvoin Bass,Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Shaker,E-bow,Fuzz Guitar
Sebastian Steinberg Bass
Lynn Williams Vocal Director
Reg Mombassa Slide Guitar
Liam Finn Background Vocals
Shon Sullivan Guitar,Keyboards
Scott McPherson Drums
Technical CreditsTchad Blake Producer,Engineer
Neil Finn Producer
Mitchell Froom Producer
Neil Baldock Engineer
Sam Gibson Programming,Engineer,drum programming
Virginia Read Engineer
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One All based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Neil Finn is a gifted songwriter with the best voice in the pop genre. So good in fact (the voice) that he harmonizes best with himself. If you're looking for anger, look elsewhere. If you want some memorable hooks and haunting melodies, try this one. And try his previous releases.
another perfect album from the guy who writes perfect songs and sings them in the perfect voice you only have to listen to it to love it!