- Record Label: Jetset
- Release Date: Sep 19, 2000
- Summary: The first new release in 12 years from the influential Australian band features founding members Robert Forster and Grant McLennan with backing from members of Sleater-Kinney.
- Record Label: Jetset
- Genre(s): Indie, Rock, Pop, Alternative
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Positive: 10 out of 12
Mixed: 2 out of 12
Negative: 0 out of 12
The Friends of Rachel Worth is the first new Go-Betweens album in a dozen years, and, remarkably, it's as if they were never away.... an ever-so-slightly-updated sound with a hint of lo-fi -- something the Go-Betweens pioneered on their earliest albums, before they found their more renowned intimate style.
Poetic, languid, spoken/sung vocals similar to Lou Reed weave between lovely melodies whose appeal is evident usually after repeated listenings.... Its highlights recall the past glories of this commercially overlooked band, and adds a handful of keepers to their best work.
Twelve years after the band split, it's immensely reassuring to hear Forster deliver lines only he could have written in his bruised, laconic, declamatory tone...
Wall of SoundAs always, the acoustic pop tracks remain the Go-Between's most effective.... It's clear that the band's heyday, those heady times that supplied fans with a surfeit of astonishingly good pop songs... are over, but there's also no doubt that McLennan and Forster can still turn out quality goods.
PunctureFriends of Rachel Worth is a good album, and features some of the best songwriting either of the pari have come up with since early in their solo careers.... How shall we sum it up, then? An interesting footnote. A fan club record.... [#47, p.25]
Positive: 1 out of 1
Mixed: 0 out of 1
Negative: 0 out of 1
SaulBApr 16, 2005Fantastic. One of their best. Not a dud in the nunch. As good as liberty bell. A very mature pop record.
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