This is not as much of a music review as it is an announcement. Tim Finn’s album
Imaginary Kingdom (links to iTunes)
is available now to purchase in the United States. Since I’ve been a fan of all things Finn (Tim Finn, Neil Finn, Crowded House and Split Enz) for at least 20 years, it’s hard for me to be objective about this latest release in providing a review—all I can say is that I love it.
The opening song, “Couldn’t Be Done” hearkens back to the once-banned song “Six Months in a Leaky Boat (links to iTunes)” by Tim’s original band, Split Enz, which is a nice sound to hear—almost as if it’s a rebirth for him, or a return to his roots.
There is a great variety of sound on this album. It’s easy to hear influences from the different stages of Tim Finn’s music career in the various songs. “Dead Flowers,” for example, could easily feel at home on a Tim Finn era Crowded House Album.
Fans of the movie The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe will no doubt be familiar with the song Tim Finn provided for the soundtrack, “Winter Light” which is also included on this release.
While his younger brother Neil has achieved more commercial success, Tim’s music is in no way inferior and is deserving of much more attention than he usually gets. Do yourself a favor and check it out for yourself!