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1992’s Drift, the second studio album from Australian cult favorites the Apartments, is a tighter collection of tunes than the 1985 debut The Evening Visits. Less emotionally explosive and less immersed in reverb, Drift proves not much else has changed in the seven-year interim, except band members who differ from album to album. Peter Milton Walsh is still the singer-songwriter in charge and it’s his dour worldview that leads the attack. His singing is more assured, no longer prone to manic mood swings and off-key elocution. The transcendent pop of “Over,” with its soothing female backing vocals, hides the doom-laden lyrics. The luminous guitar jangle of “Knowing You Were Loved,” the sawing orchestration and staggered beats behind “Places Where the Night Is Long,” and the empathetic frustration of the also well-orchestrated “All His Stupid Friends” make for sublimely sophisticated pop music. One of the most talented songwriters of his generation, Walsh belongs alongside his fellow countrymen in the Go-Betweens as artists responsible for the highlights of the era.

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Still in top 3 after 15 years

I can't believe I'm still going back to this record year after year. This is an absolute perfection of song writing and melody. It's not for everyone and more an album that fits a certain mood.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A brisk Australian chamber pop group with echoes of Frenchman Serge Gainsbourg as well as Leonard Cohen and post-punk, the Apartments were formed in Brisbane during the late '70s by singer and guitarist Peter Milton Walsh, guitarist Michael O'Connell, bassist Peter Whitby, and drummer Peter Martin. Soon after the band's formation, Walsh was asked to join the Go-Betweens. It didn't work out, but the band released its first single for the band's Able label in 1979. The first incarnation of the Apartments...
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