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Released: August 10, 1993

Rating: 3.844 (average of 8 ratings)

Genre: rock > adult alternative

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Album Tracks:

  1. Hit the Ground Running [4:41]
  2. Protected [5:24]
  3. In Love with It All (N. Finn/ T. Finn) [3:21]
  4. Persuasion (T. Finn/ Thompson) [3:53]
  5. Many’s the Time (In Dublin) (T. Finn/ O’Maonlai/ White) [4:27]
  6. Funny Way [2:53]
  7. Can’t Do Both [4:52]
  8. In Your Sway [4:49]
  9. Strangeness and Charm (N. Finn/ T. Finn) [3:24]
  10. Always Never Now [3:56]
  11. Walk You Home [3:37]
  12. I Found It [4:12]
All songs written by Tim Finn unless otherwise noted.


sales in U.S. only --
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sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
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peak on U.S. Billboard album chart --
peak on U.K. album chart 29

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Persuasion (6/26/93) #43 UK
  • Hit the Ground Running (9/18/93) #50 UK

Before and After
Tim Finn
“On his fourth solo album, Finn dabbles in dance-pop, pseudo-reggae, and folky ballads, with a different set of producers on nearly every track. While this leads to a certain lack of consistency, Finn's songwriting has never been stronger. He has the most success on the self-produced, stripped-down tracks where his strong sense of melody and knack for catchy pop hooks are allowed to be in the forefront. Persuasion, co-written by Richard Thompson and In Love With It All, written with his brother Neil Finn (Crowded House) are highlights” (Woodstra).

Interestingly, this album hinted at Finn’s next two projects. In early ’95, Finn collaborated with Irish singer Andy White and Hothouse Flowers’ Liam O’Maonlai for a one-time project. The seeds were sown on this album with Many’s the Time, a song written by the trio.

Tim and Neil Finn’s writing efforts on the aforementioned “In Love with It All” and Strangeness and Charm were neither their first nor last times working together. The pair had worked previously in Split Enz, which Tim founded, and then, after an aborted attempt at their first official Finn Brothers album, Tim joined Neil’s band Crowded House for one album. A full-fledged album of their joint efforts finally emerged at the end of 1995.

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Previous Tim Finn album: Crowded House’s “Woodface” (1991) Split Enz’ DMDB page Tim Finn’s DMDB page Next Tim Finn Album: ALT’s “Altitude” (1995)

Last updated April 7, 2008.