Release Info: The Go Betweens - 16 Lovers Lane (FLAC)
That the Go-Betweens ended their career around 1989 after they had released their absolute masterpiece is a bit of a puzzle and a tragedy. "16 Lovers Lane" is transcendent and breathtaking. The opening cuts from Grant McLennan, "Love Goes On!" and "Quiet Heart", are so exquisite, it's hard for me to do them justice in words. Elsewhere, Robert Forster offers up some stunners as well ("Love Is a Sign", "Clouds"), and Amanda Brown proves to be a brilliant accompaniment with her oboe, violin and shimmering backing vocals. "Streets of Your Town" is *THE* pop masterpiece, even if it disguises something sinister and ironic beneath its optimistic veneer.