Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Perhaps the finest rock album of the 1980's.
cameron-vale | 07/24/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Mixing the rhythmic stiffness and perverse amelodicism of the least user-friendly parts of "Spring Hill Fair" with their penchant for shameless beauty (that would dominate 1989's fine "16 Lovers Lane"), "Tallulah" is the Go-Betweens' toughest and finest work. "Spirit of a Vampyr" and "The House Jack Kerouac Built" detail personal anguish with angular music to match, but "Right Here," "Bye Bye Pride," and "Hope Then Strife" lace realistic depictions of relationships in-and-out-of-crisis (always the Go-Betweens' coup de grace) with absurdly magnificent chord changes. The additional instruments (viola/oboe -- thanks Amanda!) are the flourishes that make it even more memorable. Thanks for reissuing this!"
Uneven -- but the highlights are high indeed
Eric S. Minnard | 01/19/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The album is a bit of a disappointment, especially when measured against "Liberty Belle," but it contains two of the best songs the Go-Betweens (or any other 80s band) ever did. "Right Here" and "Bye Bye Pride" are the GB's at an absolute peak -- melodies, harmonies, bittersweet exuberance, gut-wrenching singing, pop at its pinnacle. If you're lucky enough to hear them when you're young and impressionable or going through something momentous in your life, they will touch you indelibly. Nothing else on the album matches these two jewels (a few tracks sound a bit dated in an unfortunate, 80s kind of way), but it's still worth picking up. That said, the "Bellavista Terrace" best-of collection might be the place to start for the uninitiated. It's a little skimpy and I could quibble with the selection, but any disc that has "Right Here", "Bye Bye Pride," "Head Full of Steam", "Streets of Your Town" and "Spring Rain" is a must. If you want a coherent, consistent album, try "Liberty Belle", a true masterpiece."
Superb Rock Album
cameron-vale | Seattle, WA | 07/28/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Go-Betweens were one of the few rock bands who just got better and better with each new album. After SEND ME A LULLABY, their charming but somewhat limp debut, all of their subsequent releases were major classic pop masterpieces. TALLULAH, the bands' fifth album, is one of their finest. The long standing lineup of Grant McLennan, Robert Forster, Lindy Morrison and Robert Vickers was augmented here by multi-instrumentalist Amanda Brown, who added immeasurably to the group's ever growing proficiency and fullness of sound. A great place to start for Go-Betweens' neophytes, TALLULAH contains some of the band's strongest and most delightful songs. The glorious "Right Here" and "Bye Bye Pride" are the album's most melodic and pop oriented songs, of course, but all of the others (especially "Hope Then Strife", the desparing and haunting final track) provide almost perfect examples of the group's beguiling and quirky music. The only true problem child, "Cut It Out", has received a great deal of flack over the years but it has an absolutely terrific chorus that irrefutably breaks the song free from the constraints of mediocrity. It may not be The Go-Betweens' ultimate masterpiece--that would arguably be 16 LOVERS LANE--but TALLULAH is full of great songs and comes highly recommended for all fans of lush, ravishingly beautiful guitar rock."