Before Hollywood

Before Hollywood

The Go-Betweens are so synonymous with accomplished indie pop perfection that their early work can come as an unpolished surprise. The band’s second studio album, Before Hollywood, is a transition point—not as refined as their later work but more profound than anything in the Robert Forster/Grant McLennan songbook pre-1983. Conceived over a grim English winter, the album oscillates between dark poetry and splashes of Australian sunshine, with “Cattle and Cane” providing snapshots of a Queensland childhood amidst the chiming upswing of Forster’s guitar.

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