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The Go-Betweens 'reunion may not have made as much of a bang as, say, the Pixies', but since they got back together in 2000 after a decade-long hiatus, the Australian band has been pulling off an ever greater feat: It's been releasing noteworthy albums. The comeback CD, 2000's The Friends of Rachel Worth, recorded with members of Sleater-Kinney, was a pleasant surprise, and although 2003's Bright Yellow Bright Orange displayed an alarmingly dull side, Oceans Apart is accomplished enough to take its place along the Go-Betweens 'finest achievements of the '80s. Anchored by returning bassist Adele Pickvance and drummer Glenn Thompson, the Go-Betweens now sound supremely cohesive again.
On Oceans Apart, the core quartet is augmented by a horn section, giving the sound a subtle richness that harks back to the halcyon days of 1987's Tallulah and 1988's 16 Lovers Lane — perhaps not coincidentally, it's the first Go-Betweens album recorded in London since Tallulah and it's produced by Mark Wallis, who worked on 16 Lovers Lane. But arrangements can only take a band so far; what makes this album so great is that Robert Forster and Grant McLennan are back writing at peak level. Clearly distinct (you can always tell… read more »