16 Lovers Lane Enhanced, Original recording remastered
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This remastered edition of 16 LOVERS LANE features a bonus disc with B-sides and rarities including film clips. The sixth Go-Betweens record (1988) (and their last before a 12-year hiatus), 16 LOVERS LANE, is not only one of the band's finest albums, it's a remarkable collection of love songs. Focusing on the bittersweet side of romance, vocalist/guitarists Grant McLennan and Robert Forster write with a clear-eyed, unflinching intensity that draws listeners into their narratives of loss and redemption. Moving back to Australia, the group abandoned a short-lived experiment with programming and synthesizers begun on their previous album, and returned to a more organic sound that, accompanied by crisp production, gives this outing a bracing, undated immediacy. Everything here is a gem (including the supremely catchy near-hit "Streets of Your Town"), but perhaps shining most brightly are "Love Is a Sign" and "Dive for Your Memory." One of pop music's masterpieces, 16 LOVERS LANE is a record that people with even a passing interest in the form owe it to themselves to own.
Top Customer Reviews
As there are plenty of reviews around of "16 Lovers Lane" (which needless to say: is a great, melodious, lyrical, literate pop album of some stature, with male and female vocals complimenting one another, violins supporting and enrichening the guitar and bass core of the sound, and with barely a weak moment among the 10 tracks), I shall concentrate here on reviewing the additional disk in this edition of the release, as I think, out of all the double CD re-releases of the Go-Betweens 1980s albums, this one stands out, again with barely a weak moment among its tracks.
The second disk opens with the remixed single version of "Love Goes On!", which, in all honesty adds a little bit of polish (not necessarily required, but not actively detrimental) to the already fairly shiny album version. But that apart, the rest of the CD is a little more adventurous - bringing together a combination of obscure tracks hidden away on B-sides, some first released on the superlative (and long out-of-print) "1978-90" retrospective double LP, unreleased tracks, and one live recording from the final Go-Betweens concert of the 1980s to a wider audience. Or potentially so, anyway.
Among the highlights of this disk are: "Mexican Postcard", a lush and dreamy, and rather short number, the calibre of which is evidenced by the fact that a Go-Betweens tribute band in London named themselves after the track, despite it being little-known.Read more ›
The new 'Friends of Rachel Worth' album aside, you can understand them splitting after the release of this album. When you achieve this level of accomplishment and yet commercial acclaim still eludes you, anyone would just have walked away.
Grant McClennan and Robert Forster have disparate writing styles. McLennan's is the more accessible. His songs are graceful exercises in limpid writing while Forster has an austere angular approach that renders his songs harder to warm too initially but they grow on you, boy do they grow on you. McClennan is the more natural singer as well, his voice a pleasant equitable burr while Forsters matches his music, being more clipped and precise. Often he's not singing, more like enunciating with a melodic edge.
Every song on 16 Lovers Lane is superb. Both writers are equally adept at writing ballads or more up-tempo numbers. But on this album it's McClennan who provides the strongest examples of both. "Streets of your Town" is a sublime breezy pop gem with angelic vocal backing while "Quiet Heart" is a gorgeous increscent ballad with pullulating violin backing which by its third verse achieves a kind of rapturous aching sadness rarely matched in music history as far as this reviewer is concerned.
As the album title suggests its mainly concerned with matters of the heart and is I suppose a concept album of sorts though it follows no story arc, just the trials and tribulations we all go through in the name of love.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Yes, I'll just add my 5-star rating too. I can never decide if this is my favourite GB album or is it Libery Belle? Either way it's a classic and never far from my record player.Published 11 days ago by Hairdresser on fire
One of the best Albums of the 80's. Sadly vastly underrated. But the unexpected surprise is the second CD - this is not a collection of out-takes or less than important tracks - it... Read morePublished 3 months ago by aleix
I recomend this to anybody who has fell in or out of love and been hurt recentley.Thanks to amazon listeners for the heads up!Published on 9 April 2013 by Kevin Nicholas
Been meaning to get some Go-Betweens for a while as they're always talked highly of in indiepop circles and this album always seemed to get rated as one of their finest. Read morePublished on 5 Sept. 2011 by Mr Grieves
I'm squarely with those who claim this to be the Aussie greats' finest hour. Packed with pristine pop moments of pure beauty and depth, 16 Lovers Lane still enchants nearly two... Read morePublished on 9 Mar. 2008 by T. Barton
It was with great sadness that i read about the untimely death of Grant McLennan recently - co-founder along with Robert Forster of The Go-Betweens, one the greatest bands never to... Read morePublished on 9 July 2006 by D. W. Morgan
This incredibly beautiful record is a perfect reflection of the emotional state of it's two magnificent songwriters. Read morePublished on 7 Mar. 2006 by David Johnson