• Record Label: Yep Roc
  • Release Date: Jun 21, 2011

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
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  1. Mojo
    Dec 12, 2011
    To some he may always be Neil's boy, but Liam Finn is very much his own man. [Aug. 2011, p. 98]
  2. Finn's second album continues the project he undertook with his first – namely to shake off the shackles of being "Neil Finn's son" by swamping his dreamy, Beatles-esque pop songs with moments of electronic and percussive madness.
  3. Jun 21, 2011
    His knack for hooks and his skill at construction may mirror that of his father, but Liam Finn is his own man, displaying a keen fondness for psychedelia, and spending as much time crafting sound as song, resulting in a record that has enough hooks to pull a listener in on first spin, yet is dense enough to warrant decoding on subsequent plays.
  4. Jun 20, 2011
    The euphoric, floating '60s guitar sheen and carefree swagger which dominates proceedings is utterly uplifting.
  5. Jun 21, 2011
    He's really coming into his own, and he'll have his masterpiece yet, probably a few of them. FOMO isn't one, but it sure is a lovely listen, something that completists will likely point to one day as some of the old guy's "good-but-not-great, early stuff."
  6. Jun 21, 2011
    His sophomore effort, FOMO, is a valiant, largely successful attempt to carve out a unique identity by dint of buzzing guitars, overdubbed harmonies, and busy production.
  7. Jun 21, 2011
    FOMO shows Finn heading in an exciting direction, paradoxically stretching out his vision and ample talent while delivering a more cohesive record in the process.
  8. Aug 10, 2011
    There are perhaps ways to defy expectations and still capture that truth about oneself, though that's not present in Two Matchsticks. Holding that against The Wooden Birds is certainly unfair in many ways, but still must be accounted for.
  9. Jun 17, 2011
    The musical spitting 
image of his dad Neil Finn (Crowded House, Split Enz), Liam blends sophisticated melodies and wistful vocals with masterful authority.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jul 25, 2011
    A much poppier effort than than his previous album, and ep, but still a fantastic album. Filled as usual with his hooks and heavy layering,A much poppier effort than than his previous album, and ep, but still a fantastic album. Filled as usual with his hooks and heavy layering, driven by his guitar and percussion, songs like Cold Feet may appear to a radio friendly auidence, while tunes like The Struggle should please fans of his previous stuff. A good album for when you're in a happy, jumpy mood or feeling crappy and want a little pick me up. Full Review »