Album Review: Everyone Is Here by The Finn Brothers
Exceptionally Good, Based on 2 Critics
AllMusic - 90 Based on rating 9/10
Nearly ten years after their first album as a duo, the Finn Brothers returned with Everyone Is Here in the late summer of 2004. There was a considerably larger gap of time separating Everyone Is Here and Finn than there was between that album and Woodface, the one Crowded House album to feature Tim and the first time the brothers worked together since the disbandment of Split Enz. Only four years separated Finn and Woodface, while it took nearly a decade for the Finns to deliver a second album, and quite a bit happened during that time.
Thanks to their collective experience with Crowded House and Split Enz, Neil and Tim Finn ought to have learned a bit about this songwriting malarkey by now, and sure enough, this first collaboration between them in a decade is like an operator's manual of pop craftsmanship. The pair rounded up an elite squad of musicians and producers, including Mitchell Froom and Bob Clearmountain (who also manned the faders on Crowded House's Woodface), with Tony Visconti handling the string arrangements. The result is a collection of perfectly polished songs, beneath whose placid surfaces lurk all manner of questions, doubts and insights.