teamed up with playwright Jeremy Brock
for his second solo outing, Big Canoe
. Although the collaboration is predictably ambitious -- probably Finn
's most ambitious since the early days of Split Enz
-- beneath all the overblown arrangements and slightly dated production lie some terrific songs. Material like "No Thunder No Fire No Rain," "Hyacinth," and "Carve You in Marble" deserves a better setting, but the album is still able to shine, and some minor flaws are forgivable, especially to diehard fans. Big Canoe
also marks a welcome reunion between Finn
collaborator Phil Judd
, who contributes sitar and rhythm guitar to a couple of tracks.