CD: Liam Finn, I'll Be Lightning

(Trangressive)

It's not fair, but when you see an album by a luxuriantly bearded singer-songwriter who is the son of a very famous singer-songwriter, you can't help but think you're in for an album full of breathy hymns and acoustic navel-gazing. So it is with great pleasure that you discover that Liam Finn, son of Neil, is nothing of the sort. A proper wild-eyed oddball of a man (in a good way), Finn writes irresistible songs that hum with riotous melodic invention. Gather to the Chapel and Lullaby are beautifully simple odes to joy; Remember When is, seemingly, ripped straight from Finn's most hair-raisingly personal diary entries. Yet, however he presents the song, each one feels wonderfully warm to the touch.

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