Try Whistling This

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Try Whistling This
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Studio album by Neil Finn
Released 15 June 1998
Genre Alternative rock, ambient
Length 54:44
Label Parlophone
Producer Neil Finn, Tchad Blake, Marius De Vries, Jim Moginie
Neil Finn chronology
Try Whistling This
Sessions at West 54th
(2000)Sessions at West 54th2000
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]

Try Whistling This is the debut solo album released in 1998 by New Zealand singer/songwriter Neil Finn. The Japanese version of the album has a bonus track called "Tokyo", which also appears on the UK release of the single Sinner.[2] Special editions of the Australian CD contained a bonus CD with six extra tracks which were used as the B-Sides for the singles released from the album.


Following the breakup of his second band Crowded House in 1996, Neil Finn set out to begin a solo career, having only ever performed in bands from when he was a teenager. This album was lauded by critics[who?] as being a vast departure from the Crowded House work, which was considered mainstream alternative-folk rock music, while this was experimental, more akin to his earlier work with Split Enz, while still remaining distinct from that music also.


In 1999, Try Whistling This won the New Zealand Music Award for Best Cover Art. The cover was drawn by Neil's young son, Elroy.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs were written by Neil Finn, except where noted.

  1. "Last One Standing" – 3:04
  2. "Souvenir" – 3:42
  3. "King Tide" (Finn, Robert Moore) – 4:33
  4. "Try Whistling This" (Finn, Jim Moginie) – 4:13
  5. "She Will Have Her Way" – 3:56
  6. "Sinner" (Finn, Marius De Vries) – 4:25
  7. "Twisty Bass" – 5:09
  8. "Loose Tongue" (Finn, Moginie) – 4:12
  9. "Truth" (Finn, Moginie) – 4:03
  10. "Astro" – 3:46
  11. "Dream Date" – 4:51
  12. "Faster Than Light" – 4:23
  13. "Addicted" – 4:22
  14. "Identical twin" - 3.32 Bonus track on UK EMI edition.
  15. "808 song" (Finn, Moginie) - 3.31 Bonus track on UK EMI edition.


Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1998 Australian ARIA Albums Chart 1
1998 RIANZ Albums Chart 1


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "neil finn . music". Retrieved 2007-09-22.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 April 2014. Retrieved 17 November 2016.