Twist (album)

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Twist
Studio album by Dave Dobbyn
Released 1994 (NZ)
8 August 1995 (US)
Genre Rock
Label Sony BMG (NZ)
Tristar (US)
Producer Neil Finn
Dave Dobbyn chronology
Lament for the Numb
(1993)
Twist
(1994)
The Islander
(1998)
Singles from Twist
  1. "Language"
    Released: September 14, 1994 (1994-09-14)
  2. "Lap of the Gods"
    Released: January 20, 1995 (1995-01-20)
  3. "Naked Flame"
    Released: July 28, 1995 (1995-07-28)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link

Twist (1994) is the third solo album by New Zealand singer-songwriter Dave Dobbyn, his first recorded in New Zealand after almost a decade living overseas. It was produced by Neil Finn. The album was released in the USA with a slightly altered track listing, and some tracks replaced by songs from his previous album.[1] First single "Language" reached number four on the New Zealand charts.

Background[edit]

After the struggle to release his previous album Lament For The Numb, Dobbyn returned to New Zealand. Fellow New Zealand musician Neil Finn had also just returned to the country with the ending of Crowded House and was happy to have the opportunity to work on another artists' album. Dobbyn credits Finn for giving the album much of its sound.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Dave Dobbyn

NZ release
No. Title Length
1. "The Lap of the Gods"   3:59
2. "Naked Flame"   4:46
3. "P.C."   3:42
4. "It Dawned on Me"   2:30
5. "Protection"   2:56
6. "What Do You Really Want"   3:40
7. "Gifted"   2:44
8. "Betrayal"   3:41
9. "Language"   3:28
10. "Umm"   0:54
11. "Rain on Fire"   3:44
12. "I Can't Change My Name"   4:48

The US release featured an altered track list, and three songs from Dobbyn's previous album Lament for the Numb.{[1]}

US release
No. Title Length
1. "The Lap of the Gods"   3:59
2. "Language"   3:28
3. "Naked Flame"   4:46
4. "Lament for the Numb" (previously appeared on Lament for the Numb) 3:32
5. "P.C."   3:42
6. "Belle of the Ball" (previously appeared on Lament for the Numb) 3:58
7. "Maybe the Rain" (previously appeared on Lament for the Numb) 2:50
8. "Protection"   2:56
9. "What Do You Really Want"   3:40
10. "Rain on Fire"   3:44
11. "It Dawned on Me"   2:30
12. "I Can't Change My Name"   4:48

Critical reception[edit]

Reception was positive. In 2009, New Zealand rock journalist Graham Reid described Twist as "the album of Dobbyn's career."[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Twist (US Version)". Barnes and Noble. 
  2. ^ "Dave Dobbyn: Homegrown". Documentary. NZ On Screen. Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  3. ^ Reid, Graham. "Dave Dobbyn: Twist (1994)". Retrieved 9 October 2012. 

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