Getaway [Deluxe Edition]

Getaway [Deluxe Edition]

by The CleanThe Clean

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The legendary New Zealand indie rock pioneers the Clean always had a hard time staying apart. Through the years, they would go their separate ways to work on other bands, like the Bats for one shining example, or on to solo careers, but some inescapable force always drew them back together. When they made 2001's Getaway, the Kilgour brothers, David and Hamish, and Robert Scott hadn't made a record together in four years, yet it's clear from the opening notes of the first song, the prettily droning "Stars," that their almost telepathic chemistry was still as strong as ever. The album features plenty of the sprightly, noisy jangle pop the trio is best known for while also taking side trips into lengthy guitar workouts, folky instrumentals, sweet indie pop ballads, and the occasional bit of jaunty rock & roll. Some of the songs have the kind of hooky melodies of their best work, some of them have a pleasantly off-kilter approach that is also reminiscent of their best work. The studio-fresh production and the graceful ease the three play the songs with means that Getaway lacks some of the scrappy youthfulness of their early recordings. They make up for it by exhibiting excess amounts of the tender melodicism and sonic imagination, enough to make the record an under the radar indie rock gem. It's no coincidence that two members of one of the bands considered indie rock's best make guest appearances here, Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley of Yo La Tengo owe plenty to the Clean and their being on the record is both a tribute to the group's historical importance and their continuing mastery. [The 2016 reissue of the album on Merge adds a second disc comprised of two live shows that were released in limited editions in the early 2000s, which makes their appearance here very welcome. Slush Fund was taken from two shows from 1999 and 2000 and was initially released in 2001. The set list is made up of a mix of old classics and newer songs, with the addition of piano and organ on many of them adding a new dimension to the band's sound. 2003's Syd's Pink Wiring System was recorded at two 2000 shows and has the same basic mix of songs, with a couple from Getaway added. The approach is much noisier and guitar-based, with an epic version of "Point That Thing Somewhere Else," which features the Chills' Martin Phillipps on second guitar, being a highlight. Both sets are vital additions to the collection of any Clean fan.]

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Release Date: 12/02/2016
Label: Merge Records
UPC: 0673855018829
catalogNumber: 188
Rank: 126969

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