Finn Brothers

The spirit and genius of Crowded House spills over in the latest album from former House mates Neil and Tim Finn, "Everyone is Here," due Aug. 31 on Nettwerk America. It is a polished album, much as CH masterpiece "Woodface" is, and their perf, a galvanizing unifier of late '80s pop perfection and middle-age reflections on romance and roads traveled, shone as bright as the new disc.

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Band: Neil Finn, Tim Finn, Paul Stacey, Jeremy Stacey. Tim Smith.
Also appearing: Angela McCluskey.

The spirit and genius of Crowded House spills over in the latest album from former House mates Neil and Tim Finn, “Everyone is Here,” due Aug. 31 on Nettwerk America. It is a polished album, much as CH masterpiece “Woodface” is, and their perf, a galvanizing unifier of late ’80s pop perfection and middle-age reflections on romance and roads traveled, shone as bright as the new disc.

Associated with meticulously crafted melodies and resonant lyrics, Neil Finn has made a career — much more high profile in the U.K. and his native New Zealand than here — getting his heart onto his sleeve with grace and understated class. Tim has been a wanderer, working as far afield as country music, perhaps distancing himself from the oddball hairdos of his first successful act, Split Enz, which Neil joined after its inception.

More than a half-dozen tunes from the new album fit seamlessly in their 90-minute show, starting with the ebullient “Won’t Give In” and including the promising “Luckiest Man Alive” and “Nothing Wrong With You.” The brothers, powerfully backed by another set of brothers, the Staceys, touched all the high points of their careers, especially the House era, with numbers such as “Weather With You,” “It’s Only Natural” and “History Never Repeats.” Neil, in particular, attacked the songs and guitar solo with considerable vigor, adding a bit of sting to the omnipresent sweetness.

Band plays Central Park Summer Stage on July 30.

Finn Brothers

Avalon, Los Angeles; 1,500 capacity; $35

Production: Presented by Clear Channel and KCRW. Opened July 14, 2004; closed and reviewed July 15.

Cast: Band: Neil Finn, Tim Finn, Paul Stacey, Jeremy Stacey. Tim Smith.
Also appearing: Angela McCluskey.

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