August 21, 1998 at 04:00 AM EDT

Try Whistling This

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Neil Finn
We gave it a B+

The title’s a bit of an in-joke, with Finn making a conscious effort to flush the sprightly Beatle-isms from his first post-Crowded House solo album for a less obvious approach. Nice try: Denser and trickier, Whistling is an only modestly less hummable embarrassment of melodic riches. The moodier departures yield rewards, but it’s still the more House-like adventures in sad rapture, like ”Astro,” that fly highest. B+

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