If you are reading this review, it is probably because you are the type of music fan that likes to look a little deeper than what the corporate world is force feeding you... and you won't be disapppointed with 'Ocean's Apart'. This album provides exactly what's on the label - and it's all an 'Ocean Apart' from the empty rhetoric and endless bombastic whining of the 'new' rock acts like Coldplay et al. Go Betweens have not made a bad record in a lengthy career, but some are better than others and this is up there with the best. There is a brooding intensity about the production on this record that adds another dimension. The tunes are top class and the lyrics as intelligent, witty and poignant as ever. Guitar rock/pop music at its best. A MUST buy.
By the first verse of Here Comes A City you know something very special is happening. This is a fantastic album, the third into their comeback phase and it sees Forster and Mclennan absolutley on top of their game. What they can do with a simple tune and and haunting, spare lyrics goes way beyond the usual confines of modern pop/rock. Highlights: the above Here Comes A City (do I hear echoes of Talking Heads in there?), the beautiful Finding You, Boundary Rider, This Night's For You - I could go on. Not a duff moment in it's all too brief running time. Bands who reform are just not supposed to sound this good, thankfully no one seems to have mentioned that to any one involved. Stands proud with a magnificent back catalogue. If your a Go-Betweens fanatic - they don't seem to attract casual fans - you'll need this, if you've just heard of them and feel like investigating what all the fuss is about this is as good a place to start as anywhere. Highly recommended Get the bonus disc while you can, some great live tracks from the Barbican recorded last year and a video thrown in.
The Go-Betweens return with their best album since their 2000 reunion. Mark Wallis, who produced their most successful album "16 Lovers Lane", makes a welcome return as producer and provides a more professional sound than on the two most recent self produced albums. The album opens with the single, Forster's "Here Comes A City", a punchy song about train travel. McLennan's songwriting has returned to the intimacy of the Tallulah era and "Finding You", "No Reason To Cry" and "The Statue" are all fabulous. The album closes with Forster's beautiful "The Mountains Near Dellray". All in all another great album from Australia's finest.
A genuine delight from start to finish. Like other Go-betweens albums, it cleverly never outstays its welcome either. Although Forster is not the world’s greatest singer, there is an interesting quality to his vocal delivery. Examples can be heard in the wonderful Here Comes A City and Lavender. Fans of finely crafted, guitar-based pop/rock songs will not be disappointed here. More involving than ‘Bright Yellow Bright Orange’, it easily ranks alongside the excellent ‘The Friends Of Rachel Worth’. And why do people who read Dostoyevsky look like Dostoyevsky…? Nice one, lads.
For me one of the very best singer/songwriter duos EVER. Nothing has ever disappointed with The Go-Bs and their reforming in 2000 was the best news for me at the start of the millennium! Unfortunately this proved to be the final album but still showed that Robert and Grant were arguably still getting better and better (Robert has continued to write beautifully).