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Life Full of Farewells
Apartments
Life Full of Farewells
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
 
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Simply put, Peter Milton Walsh is a great songwriter. While the first two Apartments albums (The Evening Visits, Drift) show this in abundance, it's here on the third where he simply outdoes himself. A song cycle regarding...  more »

      
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All Artists: Apartments
Title: Life Full of Farewells
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Restless Records
Original Release Date: 5/23/1995
Release Date: 5/23/1995
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Style: Indie & Lo-Fi
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 018777295529, 5016557025026

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Simply put, Peter Milton Walsh is a great songwriter. While the first two Apartments albums (The Evening Visits, Drift) show this in abundance, it's here on the third where he simply outdoes himself. A song cycle regarding the dissolution of Walsh's increasingly middle-aged life, Farewells begins with the ultra-catchy "Things You'll Keep," works through the complicated games of love ("The Failure of Love is A Brick Wall") and sweeps through to a sad finale where he remembers his father as an absent dad and dedicated worker sent out to pasture by the world he embraced ("All the Time in the World"). All in less time than it takes to fix a flat. --Rob O'Connor
 

CD Reviews

A record for summer mornings (and any time)
01/12/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Australian Peter Milton Walsh is one of the best songwriters of the 80s and 90s. One of the most underrated too. But he has faithful fans, who love his incredibly beautiful songs, with great melodies, uplifting arrangements and very personal lyrics about loss, regrets, difficulty of love and night drifts. There is more peace in this record than in "The evening visits" and "Drift". Peter looks back to his past: his lost loves, his father, his failed career, with melancholy but without bitterness, and in a light atmosphere reminding of Jimmy Webb or Burt Bacharach. A very fine record by an author touched by grace. Also look for "apart", his last album."
Tone poem
M. S. Thomas | Kyoto, Japan | 03/29/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Vaugly menacing titles like "Not Every Cown Can Be in the Circus." A small masterpiece, a tone poem to melancholy in the tradition of Scott Walker or Leonard Cohen, but Peter Milton-Walsh inhabits his own universe. Sucks you in regardless of your mood, but best for down time. The band's most consistent album, and their best; "You've Become My Big Excuse" ranks with "Mr. Somewhere" among the best of the band's songs. This is an outstanding example of what is sometimes called Chamber Pop--and though labels are the death of creativity and imagination, 'Chamber Pop' is a perfect description of what The Apartments are up to. But appreciation of the term is no substitute for the experience of hearing The Apartments."
Beautiful and heartbreaking.
M. S. Thomas | 11/18/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)

"World-weary, but not depressing lyrics that bring to mind those of Paul Westerberg or Robert Forster and Grant McLennan of the Go-Betweens. These associations are just to pique your interest; really, no one sounds quite like this -- not vocally, not instrumentally. This is beautiful, heartbreaking music."