Split Enz, Conflicting Emotions (1983)
Tim was on the way out – and keen to be a solo star – Neil was on the way up, about to become the band-leader, a role he’s basically held with regard to whatever he does ever since. So this, the second to last studio album by Split Enz is well named; an indication of the moods and moodiness involved. It’s got two big singles from Neil that carry it – Straight Old Line and Message To My Girl but it has more besides that. There are four songs by Tim and then the lion’s share comes from Neil’s pen. Though it isn’t ever likely to be anyone’s favourite Enz record it does have some good material on it. And I’ve grown to like it a lot. Tim’s songs too. Not just Neil’s big hits. It’s part of the story of the Enz. So for that alone it would always get the big tick from me. But just recently it’s been on the heavy rotation list. This version comes with a bonus 12” single of Kia Kaha and Parasite.
Sample Track: Working Up An Appetite
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