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  • Audio CD (1 Jan. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Beggars Banquet
  • ASIN: B0000256UJ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 172,667 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Grant McLennan's first outing following the split of the critically-feted Go-betweens finds him on corruscating form. The trademark lush melodies and plangent guitars are there, coupled with his bitter-sweet lyrics. In many ways this is a return - thematically - to his native Australia and picks up where Cattle and Cane left off. McLennan conjures up the sort of dusty towns where the railroad ends and heartache begins, where 'nothing much happens here anymore.'
McLennan sings of longing unanswered, but anchors it in a very real landscape (sic: 'you can shut your eyes and pray for rain, hope it puts the fire out'), and his talent, as it was when displayed with Robert Forster in the Go-betweens, is to set jarring emotional crises against melodies that pass by like streams flowing in spring. Undoubtedly his best solo effort, his later offspring only confirmed that the decision to reunite with Forster was a shrewd one. This was similarly the case for Forster. They're brilliant together, but also capable of producing solo work that will stand against anything they did together. Watershed is the sound of a man released and in creative full flow. It is not to be missed.
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The recent sad, way too early, death of Grant McLennan led me to revisit a lot of the Go Betweens back catalogue and what a treat that was. But I also returned again to the solo album he made after the Go Betweens split up in the early nineties and though I was always aware that it was a fine album I am surprised to find that on re-investigation that "16 Lovers Lane" and "Liberty Belle And The Black Diamond Express" apart it's the finest album McLennan had a hand in. Why it,s not widely available ......well it leaves me speechless.

Released in 1991"Watershed" wasn't the first post GB moment for McLennan -that being the patchy "Jack Frost" project with Steve Kilbey- and neither was it the first ex GB release as Robert Forster had released his own excellent solo album "Strangers In The Past" the year before. But it was effortlessly the best. While Fosters music is all austere precise moods and angular observations McLennan instinctively knew how to make terrific pop music. This is, without exception, a resoundingly great pop album. 12 songs that occupy a world of romantic bruising and stoic yearning within a sweltering temperate landscape with nothing much more than an acoustic guitar and some rollicking tunes. So from opening track "When Word Gets Around" via the sweet and languorous "Stones For You" or the more vigorous and rockier "Putting The Wheels Back On" this is an album to be enjoyed, and enjoyed so much you may feel a little guilty.

You shouldn't though , that what it's there for and I defy anyone with functioning ears and a modicum of taste on hearing the glorious "Haven't I Been A Fool" not be singing ( or whistling ) within a minute of the song starting.
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Grant McLennans songwriting is an absolute joy to behold. He's the prequel to David Gray who owes him so much. After the much admired Go Betweens packed it in first time around after releasing the beautiful "16 Lovers Lane", it was a revelation to hear this cd which carried on the unique heights that cd had reached. "Stones for You" is simply one of the best love songs ever written, "Haven't I been a Fool", and the opener "When word gets around" are are framed in the timeless Australian towns that have a story to tell wherever you look. Real stories, real characters, real love. The music is rich and it seems McLennan has an ability to turn a tune like very few. The closer "Dream About Tomorrow" just takes me back to sitting on a verandah with my feet up at sunset with a cold beer in my hand out in the country....ah, makes me homesick. I still havent met anyone that hasn't become hooked on McLennan once they've heard his timeless music.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x996a3a44) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9985ca8c) out of 5 stars Ride On Black Mule ... RIP Grant McLennan 8 May 2006
By Earl B - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Melodic, atmospheric, timeless ... it's a nice listen. Produced by Dave Dobbyn.

8 May, 2006: Grant McLennan, singer-songwriter with legendary Australian group the Go-Betweens, has died in Australia. He was 48.

McLennan died in his sleep at his home in Brisbane. It is thought that he suffered a heart attack.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99ab83a8) out of 5 stars Another great McLennan album (Collect all four!) 29 Dec. 1999
By Bob Drake - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Grant McLennan (see also G.W. McLennan) -- half (with Robert Forster) of the songwriting team of the defunct Go-Betweens -- has four 5-star albums that virtually NO one has heard of. What a shame! There isn't a bad track on any of his albums, and this early album is not quite as good as the last two (Horsebreaker Star, In Your Bright Ray), but his tunes always ring true, and his rhymes and lyrics never fail to amuse (and, occasionally, confuse). Buy the entire set!
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HASH(0x9969aac8) out of 5 stars Stunningly Good! 21 Jun. 2001
By Erik J. Fortmeyer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I was never what you could call a huge Go-Betweens fan. A greatest hits disc did me just fine because each of their albums seemed to have about two songs that I really liked. The rest seemed like passable filler. I figured the same would apply for the Go-Between's frontman Grant McLennan's solo material. I got a copy of Horsebreaker Star and was pleasantly surprised to like quite a few songs there. Then I got this disc, Watershed, and was blown away! Hardly anyone knows this album exists which is a huge shame. There really isn't a bad song on it while several are stunning. "When Word Gets Around", "Easy Come Easy Go", "Putting the Wheels Back On", and "Sally's Revolution" should have gotten plenty of radio airplay if most American radio stations had any sense for fun, quality music.
The bottom line: BUY THIS DISC no matter how much or how little you know about GM or the Go-Betweens! It really is a fine disc with Grant's guitar and intelligent songwriting making this a great (and often quite amusing) body of work.
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HASH(0x996a68dc) out of 5 stars Quirky, hummable pop 1 Aug. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I can't believe this disc is 10 years old! It seems like just yesterday that I bought it.
I love Grant McLennan's songwriting style. In his songs he juxtaposes words and images in a very unique, almost cinematic way. His music is straightforward and vibrantly produced and played. I picture him as a perpetually disappointed romantic, but without the dark edges of a total cynic.
I loved this album from the moment I bought it, and it is still a desert island disc. His other solo albums are also excellent.
Some day I'd like to ask him why he's wearing a SF 49ers cap on the album cover!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99698c84) out of 5 stars Melodic and Middle of the Road Pop 6 July 2004
By R. DelParto - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Grant Mclennan's first solo effort, outside of the Go-Betweens, is quite impressive 12 years after its first release. Mclennan's songwriting and melodics are exquisite, and falls under the same vein as Glenn Tilbrook, Neil Finn, and possibly Graham Parker as a variety of songwriters that tend to add a little poetics and narrative within a catchy pop tune - check out the single off the album, "Easy Come Easy Go."
However, Watershed has a few elements that sound outdated, such as the instrumentation (the drums sound like a drum machine), and the production, which keeps its late 1980s and early 1990s sound. I wasn't quite interested in "Putting The Wheels Back On" with its pseudo-dance beat vibe. Despite that aspect, the album stands out lyrically and melodically with the song "Haven't Been a Fool." In addition, Mclennan attempts at adding a little country twang with "Just Get That Straight." This is a record that is definitely great while driving on road trips with the windows or top rolled down. So turn it up!
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