Tuesday 21 November 2017

REVIEWS: 'Liam Finn' by John Meagher

John Meagher

John Meagher

Jeff Buckley and Rufus Wainwright aside, it's difficult for the sons of celebrated singers to escape the shadow of their fathers as Julian Lennon, Jakob Dylan and Rolan Bolan can attest to.

Liam Finn, son of Crowded House's Neil Finn, has struggled to be taken seriously as an artist in his own right, although his debut solo album, I'll Be Lightning, suggested he had picked up his old man's knack for smart songcraft, keenly observed lyrics and hooks.

FOMO -- short for 'fear of missing out' -- is another solid offering, by turns melancholic (Neurotic Wood, Real Late) and optimistic (the pulsating Don't Even Know Your Name). The latter offers a winning combination of driving drums and arresting guitar and wouldn't be out of place on a classic Crowded House album. Liam, by the way, regularly tours with his dad's band.

Not short of material -- or confidence -- a second disc of new songs is also available, but in truth a handful of tracks on the original album feel just a little too half-baked and inconsequential to enjoy traction.

Burn it: Real Late; Don't Even Know Your Name

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