Sunday, October 22, 2006

5 star music review: tim finn’s imaginary kingdom

Tim Finn’s latest album, Imaginary Kingdom, is a superb listen. From the sing-a-long opening of the single Imaginary Kingdom, to the beautifully arranged strings of Winter Light (which appears in The Chronicles of Narnia), this album is a musical feast, from an artist who has mastered the craft that is the 3 minute pop song.

Amid the catchy riffs you become aware of a thoughtful humanity. Whether it is the impact of suicide and loss in songs like Salt to the Sea and Dead Flowers, or the mystical appreciation of nature in Astounding Moon, this is an album of poetical depth.

Tim Finn has been penning rock songs since the 1970’s, first with Split Enz, then Crowded House and The Finn Brothers. His mop of grey hair is a reminder that writing good music is like a good red wine. It is a skill that matures with age.

Buy it internationally here; or in New Zealand here.

Posted by steve at 08:09 PM


  1. I am a long time Tim Finn fan. I have enjoyed his music all the way from his Split Enz days, through Crowded House and into his later collaborations with his brother. His is a wonderfully catchy style. I’ll have to check this work out. Thanks for the tip, Steve!

    Comment by rich — October 24, 2006 @ 8:10 am

  2. Rich,
    do tell, how did you, an American, get to connect with one of our finer musical exports?


    Comment by steve — October 24, 2006 @ 9:52 pm

  3. It may be surprising, but it was through the early days of MTV. I watched videos like “Sixth Months in a Leaky Boat” and “Dirty Creature” and I was hooked. From there I followed the Tim Finn along various musical paths. To my surprise and delight over the years, it’s always been good.

    Thanks for asking!

    Comment by rich — October 26, 2006 @ 9:08 am

  4. This is a moving, wonderful album that is even more joyous than Feeding the Gods. Boy, Tim Finn must be really happy these days!!!!!!!!!
    It shows, I can’t stop singing “Astounding Moon” and “Winter Light” among many other classics.
    A once devoted Finn-o-phile as a teen, I now dip in and out of the brother’s music. This record made me feel happier than ‘Everyone is Here’, it is much more enjoyable than the brothers’ effort. Really a classic album, thanks Tim!

    Comment by josiek — November 9, 2006 @ 11:58 pm

  5. I stumbled upon your blog while searching for reviews of Tim’s new album. I noticed you have a lot of Christian links and was curious about that…Here’s hoping the Finn brothers have a “Christian link” as well…I wonder sometimes. Tim, in particular, has such a way with positive statements in his music. — Dave (a U.S. Christian and big Finn fan)

    Comment by Dave Danglis — November 21, 2006 @ 7:10 am

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