The Go-Betweens, 16 Lovers Lane (1988)
The Go-Betweens – that most perfect, and maybe un-Australian of Australian bands. I got hooked on The Go-Betweens near the end of their career; the reunion. I loved the last few records they released, and went back through their solo albums too – and then got to see them play (as part of my honeymoon no less – a perfectly euphoric situation to bask in such a show). And then the real listening kicked off in earnest, getting through the reissued albums with bonus discs and the DVDs and, well, whatever I could find. Now I’ve done all that I comb record stores for the albums – not that easy to find here. So, the other week when I spotted this one in the window (a birthday voucher burning a hole, too) it just seemed the most perfect record to have found, to buy. There’s really nothing wrong about this album – to my ears. It’s not even ruined by 80s production. It’s just a charming, nearly-perfect, set of songs. It just plays through, no filler. All gorgeous, great tunes. An amazing band at their best – The Go-Betweens. And this is some of their very best right here. I can go a while between listens these days, because I’ve spent a lot of time with this group’s music. But often, and always when I return to sit down with a record – such as this – they’re one of my all-time favourite groups. One for the time-capsule. One for the stowaway record bag. One forever.
Sample Track: The Devil’s Eye
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