Four and 1/2 Stars!
G. Preston | Baltimore, MD United States | 03/31/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The general opinion of "Rachael Worth" *seemed* to be "well it's good, but not quite up to par..." so I never picked it up (sorry guys). But I can say without reservation that this is one of the best Go Betweens albums I've heard yet. What makes it such a great album? Well, great songs of course! I think everything here is a winner, and there's a nice balance between soft introspection and feel-good pop tunes. "Poison In the Walls" & "Old Mexico" have rapidly worked their way into my list of favorites. If you're a bit uncertain if you'll be let down by the "new Go Betweens" sound, this one should seriously win you over. So pick up a copy and support these extraordinary yet overlooked songwriters who show they've still got the touch that won them such a devoted cult following."
Between the Go and the Gone
David Hirsh | Woodmere, NY USA | 04/02/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It is almost impossible to truly describe the Go-Betweens and this cd in their pantheon. This is a band that refused to conform their music to some standard set by the industry or other bands, and now some of their fans are upset because this new cd does not conform to some supposed Go-Betweens standard. Well, if the Go-Betweens had been willing to conform in the first place, the gobees would not be the band we now expect them to be. This is the dilemma of being a fan of a band like the Go-Betweens. You either follow them down the path where they lead or you get left behind. If conformity mattered to them, they would not have been capable of being who they are. Taste the music. You will not be disappointed. You will become addicted. As the Moody Blues said - there is a distinction between the fan and the artist. The fans have to agree that the band is the artist. We try to get what we can from the artists, but they cannot give in to our demands, or they would lose their artistic integrity. Is Bright Yellow Bright Orange a great cd. Yes. Is it Liberty Belle or 16 Lovers Lane or something in-between? Well, it is Bright Yellow Bright Orange. What they have to tell us now is not what they had to tell us then. How could it be any other way?"