The Go-Betweens
Liberty Belle & the Diamond Express / Tallulah / 16 Lovers Lane

Reviewed by: Alfred Soto
Reviewed on: 2004-11-15

Posted 11/15/2004 - 03:10:10 PM by florenz6:
 Great records! And it´s a real pleasure to listen to this stuff again (with all the additional material)- in fact re-listening is as rewarding as it was in the late 80s. They did never look for pathetic sounds and great gestures. The more you listen, the more you are fascinated by the small details of sound and guitar-work, or the nice twists of the lyrics. And, most of all, it was the alchmey of these two characters Grant and Robert who always produced creative tension. The best Go-Betweens-record was, from my point of view (that hasn´t changed all over the years)"Spring Hill Fair" (also reissued in a welldone XXL-version). "Liberty bele" comes near, and the rest is still high standard with great songs along the way. The Go´Be´s are just recording a new album in London, and this is good news, I think. And don´t hesitate to get a copy of "Bright Yellow Bright orange", their 2003 release. This is still a band of great characters looking forward. I always loved their balance between understatement and passion. Who, the fuck, is Franz Ferdiinad? Some other records of 2004 spring to mind, that have a similar kind of unpretentious "sound & vision" - the latest efforts of Wilco and The Blue Nile , and, yes, believe it or not, Leonard Cohen´s "Dear Heather".