Twist (album)

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Dave Dobbyn Twist.jpg
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
The Islander
Singles from Twist
  1. "Language"
    Released: September 14, 1994
  2. "Lap of the Gods"
    Released: January 20, 1995
  3. "Naked Flame"
    Released: July 28, 1995
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 and featured Finn and two members of The Mutton Birds on guitars, bass and drums, as well as contributions by Tim Finn, Don McGlashan and US record producer Tchad Blake. The album was released in the United States 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.


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 tracks written by Dave Dobbyn, except where noted.

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" (Dobbyn, Neil Finn) 2:44
8. "Betrayal" 3:41
9. "Language" 3:28
10. "Umm" (Dobbyn, N. Finn, Tim Finn) 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. "Naked Flame" 4:46
3. "P.C." 3:42
4. "Lament for the Numb" (previously appeared on Lament for the Numb) 3:32
5. "It Dawned on Me" 2:30
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. "Language" 3:28
11. "Rain on Fire" 3:44
12. "I Can't Change My Name" 4:48


  • Dave Dobbyn — vocals, guitars, piano, keyboards
  • Neil Finn — guitars, backing vocals, piano, optigan, keyboards
  • Alan Gregg — bass
  • Ross Burge — drums
  • Tchad Blake — noise
  • Tim Finn — backing vocal, percussion, drums ("Language")
  • Don McGlashan — euphonium ("It Dawned On Me")
  • Emma Paki — backing vocals ("Naked Flame")
  • Robert Issell — violin
  • Christine Bowie — viola
  • Ashley Hopkins — bass clarinet
  • Miguel Fuentes — percussion ("Naked Flame", "I Can't Change My Name")
  • Nathan Haines — tenor sax ("P.C.")
  • Liam Finn — backing vocals ("P.C.")
  • Cameron Lindsay — backing vocals ("P.C.")
  • Lindsay and Elroy Finn — backing vocals ("P.C.")

Critical reception[edit]

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


  1. ^ a b "Twist (US Version)". 
  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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