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Album Review: Liam Finn - 'Fomo'

Another wonderful New Zealand export

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The debut from this New Zealand prodigy, 2008’s ‘I’ll Be Lightning’, was a frustrating listen – too often Finn’s melodic gifts (inherited from his Crowded House-leading father) were smothered by MOR choruses and maudlin tempos. On his follow-up, however, any singer-songwritery hang-ups are vanquished by Finn and producer Burke Reid’s eclectic arrangements and textures.

There are still some disappointments – the clichéd ‘Cold Feet’ – but the stunning ‘Jump Your Bones’, which sounds like The Flaming Lips gone R&B, and ‘I Don’t Even Know Your Name’, a disco Teenage Fanclub, hint that Finn is capable of greater successes in the future.

Tom Pinnock

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