The Go-Betweens: 16 Lovers Lane (1988)
Still, their 6th album, 1988's 16 Lovers Lane, finally won me over, and it's an album I still play all the time. I'm particularly drawn to "Streets Of Your Town," a personal favorite, gentle sweetness wrapped in melancholy. Opening track "Love Goes On" is another favorite, bridging the more
straightforward folkie-jangle with some of the holdover artiness, a song
that conjures a bit of the Smiths if Morrissey weren't so depressed. Meanwhile, "Was There Anything I Could Do?" is a more rousing, upbeat number than their more traditional mid-tempo jangle. The album sounds lovely, abetted at times by Amanda Brown's backing vocals and violin.
Sadly, just as I got into the group, they decided to break up. But after a 12-year break, Forster and McLennon regrouped, and I actually like their 3 post-reunion albums at least as much, maybe more than, the original run. (Alas, McLennon passed away in 2006, though Forster has continued releasing music on his own.)
Here's "Streets":...and "Was There Anything I Could Do?":