The Friends of Rachel Worth

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
As LL Cool J might say, don't call this a comeback -- even though the Go-Betweens haven't been here for more than ten years. Prime movers Robert Forster and Grant McLennan do such a good job of slipping into that familiarly rustic art-folk groove that it's possible to forget such a hiatus ever happened. As ever, the Aussie duo maintain a taut dynamic tension, a trait that's amplified by the sharp-yet-unobtrusive acolytes backing them up, including all three members of Sleater-Kinney, who add noticeable muscle to tracks such as "German Farmhouse." Much like Lennon and McCartney, Forster and McLennan accent their songs in decidedly disparate ways, with the former leaning...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
As LL Cool J might say, don't call this a comeback -- even though the Go-Betweens haven't been here for more than ten years. Prime movers Robert Forster and Grant McLennan do such a good job of slipping into that familiarly rustic art-folk groove that it's possible to forget such a hiatus ever happened. As ever, the Aussie duo maintain a taut dynamic tension, a trait that's amplified by the sharp-yet-unobtrusive acolytes backing them up, including all three members of Sleater-Kinney, who add noticeable muscle to tracks such as "German Farmhouse." Much like Lennon and McCartney, Forster and McLennan accent their songs in decidedly disparate ways, with the former leaning more toward artier digressions the Patti Smith homage "When She Sang About Angels" and the latter floating romantic notions the wispy "Going Blind". The thicker instrumentation is more sympathetic to Forster's compositions, but even the most pastoral moments, such as McLennan's "Heart and Home," are handled with due sensitivity. The Friends of Rachel Worth is proof positive that growing up doesn't have to mean growing stodgy.
All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Twelve years after disbanding the Go-Betweens, Brisbane-based singer/songwriters Robert Forster and Grant McLennan reformed the band they began in 1978 for their seventh album. While they haven't quite picked up where they left off none of the other original members hopped on board, and the violin/viola that was such an integral aspect of their last few albums appears sporadically, this isn't a huge departure from the trademarked Go-Betweens sound. Poetic, languid, spoken/sung vocals similar to Lou Reed weave between lovely melodies whose appeal unfolds with repeated listens. Strummed guitars and sympathetic drums sadly, the marvelous percussionist Lindy Morrisson, a mainstay of the band, is missing spar with Forster and McLennan's breathy, often stream of consciousness vocals. But since the singer/songwriters evenly split the ten tracks, this sounds more like a combination of two solo albums rather than one from a cohesive unit. The backing musicians, which include Olympia's similarly hyphenated Sleater-Kinney, are generally faceless except on the riff-rocking "German Farmhouse" where the band sounds even more like the Velvet Underground than usual. Forster's ode to Patti Smith, the album closing "When She Sang About Angels," is occasionally gorgeous, with half-recited lyrics that sometimes flow yet often sound uncomfortably meshed with the beautiful melody. But on the effervescent "Going Blind," the duo returns to the uncluttered, wistful, folk-pop sound of their best work. While it won't garner new fans, or even make newcomers search out their earlier work, The Friends of Rachel Worth is a convincing if inconsistent return to form. Its highlights recall the past glories of this commercially overlooked band and add a handful of keepers to their best work.
Rolling Stone - Holly George-Warren
...McLennan creates briskly melodic soundscapes and richly painted lyrics that dissect disastrous affaires de coeur...
Entertainment Weekly - Robert Brunner
…Worth is a rich addition to their underappreciated catalog.

...McLennan creates briskly melodic soundscapes and richly painted lyrics that dissect disastrous affaires de coeur...
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/21/2001
  • Label: Bad News Japan
  • EAN: 4529408000772
  • Catalog Number: 57

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Magic In Here (3:52)
  2. 2 Spirit (3:59)
  3. 3 The Clock (4:06)
  4. 4 German Farmhouse (3:51)
  5. 5 He Lives My Life (3:57)
  6. 6 Heart And Home (3:13)
  7. 7 Surfing Magazines (4:33)
  8. 8 Orpheus Beach (4:48)
  9. 9 Going Blind (2:56)
  10. 10 When She Sang About Angels (4:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Go-Betweens Primary Artist
Robert Forster Organ, Guitar, Vocals
Grant McLennan Guitar, Vocals
Corin Tucker Vocals
Brent Arnold Cello
Sam Coomes Keyboards
Janet Weiss Drums, Vocals
Carrie Brownstein Guitar
Adele Pickvance Bass
Technical Credits
Robert Forster Composer, Lyricist, Producer
The Go-Betweens Producer
Larry Crane Engineer
Grant McLennan Composer, Lyricist, Producer
Brent Arnold String Arrangements
Sam Coomes Producer
Janet Weiss Producer
Karin Bäumler String Arrangements
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