7 Worlds Collide – The Sun Came Out

January 01, 1970

(Sony)

www.sonymusic.com

 

Seven
years after initiating a superstar session under the banner of 7 Worlds
Collide, Neil Finn reconvenes a gathering of family and friends to make more
music for a worthy cause.  The first
incarnation coalesced for a live concert in support of Doctors Without Borders
and featured such notables as Eddie Vedder, Tim Finn, Liam Finn and Lisa
Germano.  This time around, several names
are different, but the line-up’s no less impressive – Wilco, Johnny Marr, KT
Tunstall and assorted other Finn family members have opted to join in the
proceedings.   Benign motivation still
reigns, with proceeds going to Oxfam, the group dedicated to eradicating
poverty worldwide.

 

Significantly,
the musicians don’t fall back on favorites. 
Finn forsakes the notion of reworking classic songs from his personal
catalogue and gives the group greater flexibility in tapping their own sources
for original material.  Happily, the
gamut pays off; with two dozen tracks spread across two discs, the quality is
uniformly first rate, no small feat considering the large number of
participants offering input.  Any hint of
ego is effectively subverted and what emerges instead is a fairly orthodox
collection of mostly mainstream pop songs tinted with the odd bit of
ambiance.  The sweeping, string-laden
“Too Blue,” a swaying “All Comedians Suffer” and the pop pleasantries of
“Duxton Blues” assure accessibility, while the quiet piano ballad “Riding the
Wave” and a soft acoustic “The Ties That Bind Us” help maintain an overall air
of tranquility.  The participants may be
playing it safe, but the eeriness of “The Cobbler” and a rhythmic instrumental,
“3 Worlds Collide,” enhance the atmospherics and add to the edginess.

 

Ultimately,
The Sun Comes Out seems to live up to his name, but in doing so, its
lofty sentiments overshadow any tangled shadows that might have added to the
intrigue.  Fortunately, charitable
motivation provides reason enough for this effort to shine.

 

Standout tracks: “Too Blue,” “All Comedians Suffer,”
“Riding the Wave” LEE ZIMMERMAN

 

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