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Send Me a Lullaby
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
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P. A. Agnew | Wellington New Zealand | 10/12/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The Go-Betweens debuted as a three piece: Robert Forster on vocals and guitar, Grant McLennan on vocals and bass and Lindy Morrison on drums. Along with the Church, the Go-Betweens were Australia's best kept secret for much of the 1980's. The Go-Betweens would go on to record another five albums of brilliant, exquisitely produced pop that, to the eternal shame of music fans everywhere, failed to gain a mainstream audience.In stark contrast to the rest of their catalogue, however, "Send Me a Lullaby" is notable for its rough, amateurish sound. This album shows a band still attempting to find its distinctive voice. Additionally, Forster and McLennan's songwriting had yet to mature when this album was recorded. There are definitely flashes of what was to come on tracks like "Eight Pictures" where Forster had already developed an ability to slap the listener in the face with lyrics like "I shot you with my Camera/Caught you making love with him/I've got eight pictures" while McLennan showed flashes of his uncanny melodic instincts on tracks like "One Thing Can Hold Us." Those two tracks, along with the warped, almost jazzy "Your Turn, My Turn" are the highlights of this album.But the rest of "Send Me A Lullaby" suffers from uncertain melodies and less-than-satisfactory playing. The role that the Go-Betweens assign to the bass guitar, however, is what makes even the rawest tracks on this album worth a listen. The bass, not the guitar, often takes the lead, reminding me of Chris Squire (in sound, not ability) of all people. But this is not an album for newcomers. If you are new to the Go-Betweens, start off with "16 Lover's Lane" or "Liberty Belle." It also pays to keep Forster's advice in mind: "Don't get "Send Me A Lullaby" without owning at least three of our other albums first. It won't make sense otherwise.""