Frenzy is the fourth album by New Zealand new wave band Split Enz, released in 1979, remixed and re-released in 1981.
The album, like much of the band's work, featured mainly Tim Finn compositions. Frenzy ventured even further beyond the band's art rock roots to more of a pop sound. The album is notable for being the first to feature Neil Finn on lead vocals.
Dissatisfaction with the original mix of the album led to Eddie Rayner remixing the album in 1981 for the North American and European releases.
AllMusic Review: Although often thought of as a transitional album, Frenzy shows the band in top form. Produced in England on a diminished budget, the album showcases pure pop with a hungry edge. "I See Red," added after the initial pressing, became a moderate hit in Australia and New Zealand, allowing the band the financial freedom to follow up with the blockbuster True Colours in 1980. Stripped of the earlier excesses, the album hints at the direction the band would take in the '80s while capturing a rare, rougher side to their music.
Neil Finn (age 62) is a New Zealand singer-songwriter and musician who, with his brother Tim Finn, was the co-frontman for Split Enz, and then became the frontman for Crowded House. Ed O'Brien, guitarist for Radiohead, has hailed Neil Finn as popular music's "most prolific writer of great songs".
Neil Finn is currently a member of Fleetwood Mac, replacing Lindsey Buckingham.
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