Yes, his dad was in Crowded House and Split Enz, but Liam Finn's roots go back further than that. Like Badly Drawn Boy or Elliott Smith, his effervescent choruses, swooning harmonies, and heavily layered, my-studio-is-my-bunker production techniques on I'll Be Lightning are directly traceable to old Paul McCartney solo records. And cut him some slack if the linguistic parts of the equation don't exactly burn into the brain: As he sings at one point, ''All I know is the music moves my feet.'' B+
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