In a nutshell, Bored & Dangerous says: “What they lacked in vocal range was always more than made up for in sincerity.”
I like to think of myself as a serious music fan. I try to consume as much as possible, I try to make sure I catch up on classics form before my time, even when I’m pretty sure it’s a band, artist or genre I won’t like. Which makes it shameful that as a wannabe serious music fan from Queensland, Australia, I haven’t heard nearly enough of one of the area’s most revered bands, The Go-Betweens. I own an album or two that I really like, I know the hits, and I know I should be a whole lot more familiar than I am. Which is why I listened to the swansong of their original 80s era, 16 Lovers Lane.
Turning their standard acoustic, melodious rock seamlessly into flamenco passion, the impeccable song writing of the Grant McLennan and Robert Forster is on immediate display with Love Goes On! Then the 80s vintage of the record is impossible to ignore on Quiet Heart. It was a time when producers could make even centuries old instruments sound digitally artificial. It’s a beautiful song, the production just does its best to strip it of all genuine beauty and feeling. (more…)