Liam Finn – I’ll Be Lightning

January 31, 2008

New Zealand based singer/songwriter Liam Finn makes his debut with the thoroughly engaging I’ll Be Lightning, a collection of 14 tracks that immediately establish him as someone to watch. If you notice a mild vocal similarity to Neil Finn, then it’s because Liam is Neil’s oldest son, but on I’ll Be Lightning, Liam stakes out a sound all his own (quite literally, as he played most of the instruments himself). A lot of the music here is folk and pop inspired, with some Beatles influence here and there, though there’s a sort of screeching acid rock freakout that concludes “Lead Balloon,” which is Finn throwing in a curve ball occasionally. A solid debut, worth your time if you’re a fan of Elliott Smith or even Neil Finn. Standout cuts: “Better To Be,” “Second Chance,” “Lead Balloon” and “Energy Spent.”


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