I don’t have any hard and fast opinions on the band Split Endz. I don’t know if Neil Finn or Tim Finn was a better singer, songwriter or musician. I was a casual fan of the band. But like their brethen Squeeze, Yaz and Crowded House, Split Endz provided the pop music that some in my generation gravitated towards. Tim is now ancient and more closely resembles a member of Monty Python or an extra on a Johnny Depp film than a talented songwriter with an expertly crafted pop record about to be released.
The single (and video) “Couldn’t Be Done” from Imaginary Kingdom is a great piece of bouncy pop. If all was right in the world this would be a big hit. Since neither Tim nor the label have released that mp3 yet, I’ll link to two album tracks that show the whole record is a fun outing that wouldn’t be too out of place in the Split Endz catalog. Both songs feature lush arrangements with slightly fantastical lyrics (dreams, stars, ocean metaphors etc). This record just came out in the Uk and NZ so I don’t think you can buy it in the states yet but try anyway here.
Video for the single “Couldn’t Be You”
Finn Brothers’ “Won’t Give In” (I love this song!)