I'll Be Lightning

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I'll Be Lightning
Studio album by Liam Finn
Released

23 July 2007 (New Zealand)
4 August 2007 (Australia)

22 January 2008 (International)
Genre Indie rock
Length 69:03
53:22 (CD)
Label

Liberation Records (New Zealand/Australia)

Yep Roc Records (internationally)
Producer Liam Finn
Liam Finn chronology
I'll Be Lightning
(2007)
Champagne In Seashells
(2009)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
NME 7/10 stars
Q 4/5 stars
The Skinny 4/5 stars link
Spin 3.5/5 stars [1]
Pitchfork Media (7.6/10) link

I'll Be Lightning is the 2007 debut album by New Zealand artist Liam Finn. The album was recorded at his father Neil's Roundhead Studios in Auckland, New Zealand. The album is notable in that Liam plays most of the instruments himself. The cover references singer-songwriter Elliott Smith's 1995 album Elliott Smith. The album was made #42 in Q's 50 Best Albums of the Year 2008.[1]

Vinyl/Digital Track listing[edit]

All songs were written by Liam Finn, except where noted

  1. "Turn Up the Birds"
  2. "Better to Be"
  3. "Second Chance"
  4. "Gather to the Chapel"
  5. "Lead Balloon"
  6. "Fire in Your Belly" (Finn, Chris Garland)
  7. "Music Moves My Feet"
  8. "This Place Is Killing Me"
  9. "I'd Rather Waste You Than the Money on My Phone" (Finn, Matt Eccles)
  10. "Lullaby"
  11. "I'll Be Lightning" (Finn, Connan Hosford)
  12. "Remember When"
  13. "Come Home Sam"
  14. "I Found Noise at ATP"
  15. "I Will Explode" (Finn, Eccles)
  16. "Energy Spent"
  17. "Wise Man"
  18. "Wide Awake on the Voyage Home"
  19. "Shadow of Your Man"

CD Track Listing[edit]

All songs were written by Liam Finn, except where noted

  1. "Better to Be" – 3:46
  2. "Second Chance" – 4:52
  3. "Gather to the Chapel" – 3:20
  4. "Lead Balloon" – 4:15
  5. "Fire in Your Belly" (Finn, Chris Garland) – 3:15
  6. "Lullaby" – 2:02
  7. "Energy Spent" – 4:08
  8. "Music Moves My Feet" – 2:24
  9. "Remember When" – 3:04
  10. "Wise Man" – 5:17
  11. "This Place Is Killing Me" – 4:06
  12. "I'll Be Lightning" (Finn, Connan Hosford) – 4:14
  13. "Wide Awake on the Voyage Home" – 5:37
  14. "Shadow of Your Man" – 2:57

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The 50 Best Albums of 2008, Q, January 2009, p. 82