NEIL FINN ”Dizzy Heights” CD

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Neil Finn’s acknowledged mastery of songcraft is matched on his third solo album, his first since 2001, by his inventive production alongside Dave Fridmann, best known for his work with Tame Impala, Mercury Rev and the Flaming Lips. The string arrangements in particular thrill and surprise, opening track Impressions recalling Isaac Hayes. While he echoes Lennon (the slapback vocal of Better than TV) and McCartney (the title track’s bubbly synths recall Wonderful Christmas Time), his influences are worn lightly. Dizzy Heights is an apt title for an album airborne with vertiginous harmonies and references to astronauts and flight. Finn’s airy falsetto against the grinding engines and sirens of Divebomber create a queasy weightlessness. “How I wish that I could come back again,” sings Finn on In My Blood, co-written with fellow New Zealander Connan Mockasin. He has. Dizzy Heights stands alongside Finn’s many career highlights, including his beloved Split Enz and Crowded House hits.