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QUIET HEART -- BEST OF
(EMI) (INDIE ROCK)
The Go Betweens were formed
in Brisbane in 1977 by the
Grant McLennan and Robert Forster.
With the latter 's irony and the former 's
more romantic sensitivity, they comb-
ined very much like an Antipodean
Lennon and McCartney, pulling the
best from each other's distinct styles to
create songs that are quite simply in a
league of their own.
They weren't Countdown stars, were
rarely played on commercial radio, and
cover bands don't have their songs
requested, but the Go Betweens were,
without doubt, one of the greatest
SPRING AND FALL
(GAWD AGGIE) (SINGER/
It's a few years since Paul Kelly hit
us with a new album, but the man
has been busy as a beaver,
writing a book, filming a biographical
documentary, as well as working on the
presentation of a new song cycle based
on his own lyrics and poems by the
likes of Yeats and Tennyson.
Presumably to take a break from
this hectic schedule, he decided to
make another album.
groups to come out of Australia.
Having ever had only three songs
to trouble the lower reaches of the top
100, it's a sad truth that only in hindsight
have they been fully appreciated by the
music industry and the establishment in
Cattle And Cane was selected by APRA
as one of the top 30 Australian songs of
all time, 16 Lover's Lane was featured on
the SBS series The Great Australian
Albums, and in 2009 Brisbane City Council
renamed the Hale Street Link as Go
Between Bridge in their honour.
Quiet Heart is a compilation selected
by the surviving musicians themselves
(Grant McLennan sadly passed away in
2006) and covers their entire recorded
career from 1978 to 2005.
From the sunshine pop of Love
Goes On to the lo-fi narrative angst of
Karen, the achingly romantic Dive For
Your Memory and the sparkling Streets
Of Your Town, these songs are example
after example of sublime songwriting
genius, some of which hooks you instant-
ly, while others reveal their treasures only
after further exploration.
A carefully chosen collection of
brilliant songs by a brilliant band.
In a word -- brilliant.
Recorded in a Gippsland hall, Kelly's
19th studio album is a collaboration of
three -- himself, longtime duo partner and
nephew Dan Kelly, and producer/multi-
instrumentalist Greg J Walker.
As with most of his material, the songs
sound like the words of an old friend --
warm, friendly and, at times, very wise
Lyrically, they're linked by the theme
of love and are drawn together with
the textual connections of time, the
seasons and the elements of nature.
The playing is concise and evocative,
the tunes instantly accessible and the
distinctive voice as rich and resonant as
A prodigious talent and wonderful
storyteller who continues to create
timeless songs that are intrinsically woven
into Australia's contemporary cultural
fabric, Paul Kelly just keeps coming up
with the goods.
Spring And Fall is yet another in that
succession of albums that justifies his
reputation as one of the country's top
Excellent once again.
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