Dizrythmia made a distinct lurch towards the mainstream, thanks primarily to the departure of co-leader/guitarist Phil Judd, replaced by Tim's brother Neil. With Tim in full command, the melodically intricate material went from coldly quirky to genuinely appealing, even cute. Highlights: the dizzy "Bold as Brass" and "Crosswords," at once bristling and ornate.
The second LP to be called Beginning of the Enz is a distillation of tracks from Chrysalis' Mental Notes and Dizrythmia.
Financial woes subsequently forced the band to work on a diminished budget. With Neil Finn contributing songs and vocals as well as guitar, the Enz cut Frenzy, poppier still and less elusive than before. It's hampered by cheap sound, but "I See Red" spins a delightfully tuneful whirlwind, and "Mind Over Matter" re-creates the warmly majestic quality of the best of Dizrythmia. The US/UK version of the LP differs from Mushroom's by half.
01 - Bold As Brass 3:31
02 - My Mistake 3:02
03 - Parrot Fashion Love 3:53
04 - Sugar And Spice 3:52
05 - Without A Doubt 6:00
06 - Crosswords 3:25
07 - Charlie 5:31
08 - Nice To Know 4:24
09 - Jamboree 6:43
10 - Another Great Divide 3:37
Bass, Backing Vocals - Nigel Griggs
Drums - Malcolm Green
Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals - Neil Finn
Keyboards - Eddie Raynor
Percussion, Drums, Backing Vocals - Noel Crombie
Trumpet, Saxophone - Rob Gillies
Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Piano - Tim Finn
Producer - Geoff Emerick , Split Enz
Engineer - Geoff Emerick
Engineer [Assistant] - Colin Fairley
Artwork By - Peter Wagg
Notes: Recorded at Air Studios, London W1. June/July 1977.
Review by Chris Woodstra
Dizrythmia marks a change not only in personnel (half of the band had been replaced) but also musically and lyrically. With Tim Finn taking over the band, gone almost entirely are the neo-classical arrangements and abstract imagery in favor of a more direct approach that draws heavily from British Invasion-era pop as well as incorporating British music hall and straight-ahead rock & roll. And though the band is still hiding behind hair, colorful costumes, and the occasional swirl of carnival sounds, beneath it all Finn makes his most personal statements to date, showing his optimism and determination for the band's future while also revealing his uncertainty and fears. Most of the songs deal with relationships and, more specifically, his parting of ways with former collaborator and close friend Phil Judd