|Produced by David Tickle|
|Released on August 1980|
|US CHART POSITION #40 . . . UK CHART POSITION #42|
|Find it at GEMM|
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S plit Enz blossomed into one of the smartest pop bands since The Beatles on True Colours, signalling an end to this New Zealand export’s commercial anonymity. The album leads with the quirky favorite “I Got You,” buoyed by a pioneering video (no surprise given the band’s artistic bent) and an awfully catchy hook. Despite not producing another hit, the album is chocked full of fine songwriting. Neil Finn contributes the Glass Onion-flavored “What’s The Matter With You” (a perennial favorite with fans) and the languid “Missing Person” (which references The Who in its chorus). Brother Tim adds a strong ballad, “I Hope I Never,” characteristically wistful pop songs like “Poor Boy,” “How Can I Resist Her” and “I Wouldn’t Dream of It,” the irresistible “Nobody Takes Me Seriously” and the frenzied “Shark Attack.” Rounding out the record, in lieu of filler, are two instrumentals: Rayner’s energized “Double Happy” and the group composition, “The Choral Sea.” With True Colours, Split Enz moves into the elite corps of “new” purveyors of pop that included Squeeze and XTC. What distinguishes the Enz from their peers is the choice of synthesizer over guitar as the lead instrument and a penchant for thoughtful pop or the occasional ballad. That and a genuine appreciation for their New Zealand roots make Split Enz a unique treat for pop fans, and True Colours an album that can hold its own with anything from the ‘80s. Of interest to collectors, the album cover was issued in several different color variations and featured laser-etched vinyl as a preventive to counterfeiting (although its visual appeal was likely a factor as well).
|SP-4822 back cover||SP-4822 picture sleeve|
NOEL CROMBIE -- percussion
NEIL FINN -- guitar, vocals
TIM FINN -- vocals
MALCOLM GREEN -- drums
NIGEL GRIGGS -- bass guitar
EDDIE RAYNER -- keyboards
David Tickle -- engineer
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|REGION||RELEASE DATE||LABEL||MEDIA||ID NUMBER||FEATURES|
|UK/NET||August 1980||A&M||LP/CS||AMLH/CAM-64822||laser-etched vinyl, picture sleeve|
|US/CAN||August 1980||A&M||LP/CS||SP-4822||laser-etched vinyl, picture sleeve|
|AUS'L||September 6, 2004||Festival||CD||337982||digital remaster|
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