REVIEW: Neil Finn - Out Of Silence - 3 stars

TEST: Out Of Silence was recorded in four hours and streamed on Facebook.

TEST: Out Of Silence was recorded in four hours and streamed on Facebook.

THE story behind the recording of Neil Finn’s new album Out Of Silence is as interesting as the music itself. The Kiwi icon gave himself the mammoth task of recording a 10-track album in four hours and with the whole process streamed on Facebook for a four-part series. 

Finn was joined in the studio by his sons Elroy and Liam and a chamber orchestra to record a bunch of warm and lush string-flavoured ballads. Don’t expect any pop-rock songs in the vein of Crowded House or Split Enz.

Out Of Silence sees Finn is a reflective mood and pushing his voice to new extremes, especially on the album’s highlight, the foreboding Chameleon Days. Another gem is Terrorise Me, Finn’s emotional piano ballad for the victims of the Bataclan terrorist attack in 2015.