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The Friends Of Rachel Worth

The Go-Betweens Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (5 May 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Lo-Max Records
  • ASIN: B000069007
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,428 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A desert island disc if ever there was one!! 18 Aug 2007
Format:Audio CD
So often when scanning the CD rack and ummmming with indecision I just whack this on and everything is right with the world. There are no duffers on this at all and it just makes me feel good. Can't ask for more imho!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Like winter sun breaking over a frozen landscape 24 April 2010
By klaher
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is the first of the Go-Betweens reunion albums. Released in 2000, it finds Robert Forster and Grant McLennan (RIP) backed by the band Sleater-Kinney, who I am not really familiar with.

The material is generally mellower than their 80s material but it does contain some trademark jangly guitars and some very wistful numbers. Grant was always the poppier songwriter, and so it follows here, the album opening with his Magic in Here. Anchored by a brittle yet beautifully constructed riff, it ambles along nicely before leading into Robert's wonderful Spirit. It has a simple but utterly addictive guitar figure powering this mellow, elder-statesman like song. The flamboyant Robert Forster persona of yore has been replaced by a world-weary, wistful storyteller, and it suits him well.

2 more uptempo tracks follow, where the guitars have been beefed up a little, particularly on German Farmhouse, which is a Lou Reed-like rocker talking of his years of seclusion(!).

Most of the rest of the material is mellower though in general more downbeat than their previous material. It still contains 'sunshine', though it's more like winter sun breaking over a frosty landscape.

It's a very pleasant listen which should appeal to fans of the band and any new listeners wondering if they should check them out. Yes you should.
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5.0 out of 5 stars hope in a grey world 14 Nov 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
It's just not been the same since Forster and Mclennan split up. My final sighting in 1990 was the greatest singer songwriter combo since Lennon & McCartney standing on the front edge of a stage in London , feet on monitors , banging out "Apology Accepted?" as if their lives depended on it. Of course their solo careers turned up some classic songs , as anyone who's seen Forster spellbind an audience with "Danger in the Past" will testify. This album brings together two very well differentiated solo careers. There had always been differences in approach and style - Forster as flamboyant as a cross between Oscar Wilde and Iggy Pop - and McLennan as flamboyant as a plumber's mate , albeit a plumber's mate with a wicked ear for a catchy tune. Somehow they moderated and fed off each other creating a magic that some feel had no equal since the aformentioned Scousers. The F.O.R.W. is like another first album in many ways , the guys finding their way as a duo again , and I think a lot of the songs were already written before they reunited. The talent is obviously undimmed , McLennan's "Magic in Here" is as good as "Batchelor Kisses" and Forster's "German Farmhouse" as devil-may-care as "Draining the Pool" , but I think if they make it to that difficult "2nd Album" then things may get very interesting indeed. Here's hoping.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Too long gone 25 Sep 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
It's been a long wait for this new album but patience has its own rewards. This has a slightly "retro" feel to it - by that, I mean a return to the Go-Betweens sound of, say, Liberty Belle or, even, Spring Hill Fair. That's a very positive "one step back" as owners of those albums will know. Apart from that, this record has all the elements that make the Go-Betweens such a cherishable band: it's lyrical, witty, and tender. Sometimes the joins between the McLennan and the Forster songs show, but it was always thus and long may it remain.
It's a bonus, too, to see them teaming up with such a great group of musicians. Although some of the songs could have had a little more work on the production, there is a palpable sense of spontaneity in the playing and singing.
A very fine addition to the discography of a beautiful pop group.
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