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The Go-Betweens’ folk-rock has grown rootsier since the Brisbane, Australia cult favorites’ return to recording in 2000, but it’s hardly lost some of its spiky edges. On the excellent Oceans Apart, Robert Forster’s songs, in particular, retain the tense forward motion and droll ironies of his earlier New Wave-influenced days. “Born to a Family” turns working-class rock tropes inside out, while “Darlinghurst Nights” calls up a Dylanesque cast of characters. Grant McLennan’s romanticism likewise is intact here, as “Finding You” (with its own echoes of “Sweet Caroline”) demonstrates. The two leaders still complement each other on this set, whose seeming modesty soon grows into another display of ambition and deep feeling. Nearly 20 years after their highest artistic peaks, they continue to add honorably to one of alt-rock’s key bodies of work.

Customer Reviews

Great CD - but buy it in a store if it has the bonus live CD!

Great album and sadly their last. If you can pick this up at a brick & mortar do it. When it was released it came with a bonus live CD with five (great) songs. The live CD is easily worth the extra $ and hassle, and you can find the 'Here Comes a City' video on the net if you search around on google. I found a copy at Best Buy the other day- your luck may vary. Live CD contains: 1. People Say / 2. He Lives My Life / 3. The Wrong Road / 4. Bye Bye Pride / 5. When People Are Dead / 6. Streets of Your Town

love them then love them now

i love that someone wrote 'no one has heard of these guys" ...they must be young or living under a rock...of which the Go-Betweens have been rocking since 1979. always an exploration which requires multiple listenings to gain lyrical insight and musicality. two poets. hope to see them in Austin again.


no one has heard of this band but they are very good. i found out about them by going to san francisco Amoeba Music. check them out


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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