Perhaps in response to the failed big production of Big Canoe
and the success of brother Neil
's back-to-basics outfit, Crowded House
simplified his approach for his self-titled album, joining forces with Crowded House
producer Mitchell Froom
. A touching and intensely personal album, Finn
bares all, revealing self-doubts, regrets, and a failed relationship with intricate detail. And despite the subject matter, the album has an optimistic, uplifting overall tone, with tasteful adult-pop arrangements perfectly complementing his strongest melodies and finest songwriting to date. Though the sound and sentiments could have (and should have) easily found an audience in the emerging "adult alternative pop" format, the album went virtually ignored.