The Nihilist - Liam Finn
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  • Summary: The third full-length solo release for the son of Crowded House's Neil Finn was recorded in Brooklyn.
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  1. Jul 1, 2014
    80
    Liam inhabits a range of oddball characters throughout, making it tricky to determine which are closest to his real self, but that hardly seems to matter when the results are as dreamy and diverse as this.
  2. May 20, 2014
    80
    The Nihilist is a mind-melting blend of traditional songwriting and endless, restless experimentation. [Jun 2014, p.110]
  3. May 7, 2014
    80
    Lack of predictability appears to guide Finn’s pursuits, making for a white knuckled ride all the way.
  4. 80
    All in all, The Nihilist allows Finn to stretch out and explore his ambitions on a scale that dwarfs anything he has released to this point.
  5. May 7, 2014
    72
    Ultimately, the singer’s delicately harmonious pipes shine above all, thus proving that following in your father’s footsteps isn’t as hard as advertised.
  6. Jun 4, 2014
    70
    The Nihilist feels like a collision of Gotham's manic energy and the otherworldliness that has permeated Kiwi music from Uncle Tim's Splitz Enz to Lorde. [Jul 2014, p.73]
  7. It’s melodic, competent stuff, but if you’re going to try and push the crazy buttons you’ve got to go full straitjacket, and Liam Finn is just a tad too straight.

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