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5.0 out of 5 stars Rattle and Pain, 30 Jun 2002
This review is from: Before Hollywood (Audio CD)
This may not be the G-Bs best album but it is my own personal favourite and, as with all G-Bs albums, the reasons to love it are many. This is the album when Forster and McLennan really started to find their feet as a song-writing partnership and when the band started to gain confidence in its own musical ability. The raw energy of their debit album is still apparent but the stripped back sound and economic playing work wonders. When I first heard the album back in 82 it sounded like nothing I'd heard before but going back to it later it was interesting to see how much the influence of the Postcard label (their label before joining Rough Trade) is audible - in fact former label mates Orange Juice supply some spare musicians on some tracks...
As for the songs, Cattle and Cane is the obvious stand-out, a timeless, if not all that well-known classic, its wonderfully evocative of Grant's fatherless country upbringing, at once melancholic ( "from time to time the waste memory wastes")and defiantly optimistic ("higher, further, longer"). But just as good is Dusty in Here, Grant's painful examination of his relationship with his dead father. If this sounds a bit morose, don't be put off, there is plenty to lift your heart here, and as ever with the Go-Betweens, there are more tunes to whistle at the bus-stop than you have any right to expect from a 45 minute pop album.
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