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    Main » 2010 » May » 2 » Split Enz - 1977 - Dizrythmia
    Split Enz - 1977 - Dizrythmia

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    New Zealand's Split Enz began their recording career in pleasantly uncommercial fashion, writing gently eccentric tunes that echoed the softer side of Foxtrot-era Genesis. A compilation of demos, Mushroom's The Beginning of the Enz chronicles those earliest days and finds Tim Finn's bittersweet singing style starting to work its magic.
    For Mental Notes--their first proper album--the Enz took shape as a sprawling seven-piece, including spoons player Noel Crombie. They had grown overtly weird and flamboyant, with many tunes resembling little, distorted symphonies. The effects don't always work, simply because flakiness carried past a certain point can't be taken seriously on any level. The Genesis parallel holds here as well.

    By the time Roxy Music's Phil Manzanera produced the second Mental Notes, the Enz were ready for the world beyond. Bizarre carnival costumes and distorted upsweep hairdos served as colorful attention-grabbers. Tim Finn's wistful voice adds a sweet patina to disoriented and lyrically offbeat outings like "Stranger Than Fiction" and the morbid "The Woman Who Loves You."

    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

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