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Album Review

The first official album from the Go-Betweens, after a slew of earlier recordings and initial singles, was described by Forster and McLennan in later years as sounding like a practice room session, "metallic folk in a way." It's a fair assessment, and certainly while it's the work of a young band, Send Me a Lullaby is still a promising start, showing that the original trio had an aesthetic and the talent to carry its work over an album's length. Another McLennan comment, that it's the 1981 version of the Pixies, is partially accurate — there's no walls of feedback or screaming, but the songs are short, brisk, angular. The not-so-secret weapon, as one can imagine, is the singing of Forster and McLennan, investing even the sharpest songs and most cutting rhythms (check out the relentless rhythms of the art-funk "The Girls Have Moved") with a sometimes desperate and sometimes withdrawn emotion. At points the vocals are forced, as can also be heard on Very Quick on the Eye, but both are starting to audibly try out other approaches. As musicians, the three definitely had something of that 'metallic folk' thing about them, with Morrison's drumming adding a sometimes brusque but (except for part of "Eight Pictures") never brutal touch to the proceedings that holds up quite well. Forster's guitar work and McLennan's bass are both interesting to hear in context given how much of an influence they would exert in later years. Rather than sounding like they're trying to recodify rock and roll or the like, it's a series of often gentle explorations in restraint, saying more with less. There are definitely more thrashy numbers that live might well have completely rocked out — "People Know," with its squirrelly guest saxophone from James Freud, is the most likely candidate of all.

Customer Reviews

Seminal Post-Punk Album

This album is an important work for anyone interested in exploring the pre-pop roots of the Go-Betweens. It represents their sound at it's core without the addition of background singers, extra personnel, and heavy-handed studio overproduction. I owned this on vinyl when it was first released and the songs have clearly withheld the test of time. Indeed, they sound as fresh as they did in 1981. In my opinion, it (along with Before Hollywood) represents the best of the Go-Betweens before they evolved into a more straightforward 80's pop band with a heavy reliance on songwriting and studio craft. Most of the i-tunes buying public and many of the critics are in love with 16 Lovers Lane or similar efforts. But I like my Go-Betweens shaken not stirred.

The album also represents a seminal work to anyone interested in the larger genre of post-punk music. In my opinion, Send Me A Lullaby is one of the top 20 post-punk albums and should be ranked along side Echo and the Bunnymen's Crocodiles, Gang of Four's Entertainment, Joy Division's Intimate Pleasures, Wire's Pink Flag, and The Cure's first effort, Three Imaginary Boys. The album is raw, unvarnished, discordant, and contains just enough melody to hold the listener's attention.

My only criticism is the "bonus" format that appears on i-tunes. While extra tracks are nice, the additional twelve bonus tracks are not in the same league as tracks one though twelve. That's most likely why they were left off the original album. Tracks one through twelve come from the original 1981 UK release and represent how the album originally flowed. To me this is an important historical detail and it's how I remember the music itself. Personally, I find the extra tracks distracting as well as poorly record and mixed.


Formed: 1978 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '00s

The Go-Betweens were perhaps the quintessential cult band of the '80s: they came from an exotic locale (Brisbane, Australia), moved to a major recording center (in their case, London) in a sustained bid to make a career out of music, released album after album of music seemingly tailor-made for the radio in spite of their having little use for contemporary Top 40 musical/lyrical formulas, and earned considerable critical praise and a small but fervent international fan base. Although the Go-Betweens...
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