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20 Watts Reviews 7 Worlds Collide’s The Sun Came Out by JohnCassillo

7 Worlds Collide delivers a quality two-disc effort for charity

7 Worlds Collide delivers a quality two-disc effort for charity

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When news began trickling out about Neil Finn‘s latest iteration of 7 Worlds Collide, fans were excited, to the say the least. Working alongside Finn were some of today’s most prolific names in alternative rock, most notably Radiohead members Phil Selway and Ed O’Brien, almost every member of Wilco and Johnny Marr. It is a supergroup of epic proportions, creating tons of buzz in a year seemingly full of star-studded collaborations.

Amidst all that noise, The Sun Came Out, which will use its proceeds to benefit Oxfam, delivers– mostly. The two-disc collection functions as a cohesive thought unlike most efforts its size. Though constructed by countless artists, it still manages to maintain a central theme, and sound. This can be attributed to Finn playing the role of maestro brilliantly, putting all the pieces together whenever necessary, and giving us a steady stream of consciousness throughout.

At the same time, however, The Sun Came Out also finds itself a victim of having “too many cooks in the kitchen” at times. As much as they all work together cohesively, the second disc just seems far too crowded. There are just too many individuals trying to get their respective points across, and some of them, frankly, don’t need to. Tracks like “Over and Done” and “Change of Heart” are just overly somber, and a real mood-killer in the context of the full record’s energy.

Still, amidst the overcrowded low points of the second disc (definitely the weaker of the two), there are a few winners as well. Finn’s “All Comedians Suffer” and “Duxton Blues” are energetic, infectious melodies that provide a jolt to the full album experience. “Don’t Forget Me” and “The Cobbler” deliver similarly from a quality standpoint, giving the listener a respite from what can otherwise be written off as an average second half.

One should try not to lose sight on what was meant to be accomplished by The Sun Came Out. It’s simply a collaboration which is looking to raise money for charity. That goal can get a bit lost while critiquing its pluses and minuses, but overall, it’s an enjoyable, albeit long, collection of tracks which fans of all the artists involved can get something out of.

— John Cassillo

1 Comment

I just picked this up, was CHEAP on Amazon! thanks for reminding me, I’d heard it was coming but had forgotten.

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