The Friends of Rachel Worth

The Friends of Rachel Worth is the seventh album by Brisbane indie band The Go-Betweens, released 12 years after their sixth, 16 Lovers Lane. For this album they were joined by all members of American indie rock bands Sleater-Kinney and Quasi as well as new bassist Adele Pickvance. The album was recorded in Portland, Oregon at Jackpot! Recording Studio by Larry Crane.

McLennan said, ""Rachel" felt really natural – it wasn't like Robert and I had separate managers or any of that industry bullshit. We'd always wanted to record in America, too, so that was a real dream. I think it has a really mysterious, otherworldly, "lost" feel to it."[1]

The Friends of Rachel Worth
Studio album by The Go-Betweens
Released September 2000
Recorded February 2000
Studio Jackpot! Recording Studio, Portland, Oregon
Genre Indie rock
Length 39:49
Label W. Minc (Australia)
Circus (UK)
Clearspot (Germany)
Jetset (US)
Producer The Go-Betweens
The Go-Betweens chronology
16 Lovers Lane
The Friends of Rachel Worth
Bright Yellow Bright Orange
Singles from The Friends of Rachel Worth
  1. "Going Blind"
    Released: January 2001
  2. "Surfing Magazines"
    Released: 25 July 2005


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[3]
Christgau's Consumer GuideA[4]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[5]
The Guardian4/5 stars[6]
Melody Maker4/5 stars[7]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[10]
Uncut4.5/5 stars[12]

The Friends of Rachel Worth received generally positive critical reviews. It holds a score of 77 out of 100 on the review aggregator website Metacritic, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[2]

Track listing

All music by Robert Forster and Grant McLennan.

  1. "Magic in Here" (lyrics, McLennan) – 3:52
  2. "Spirit" (lyrics, Forster) – 3:59
  3. "The Clock" (lyrics, McLennan) – 4:06
  4. "German Farmhouse" (lyrics, Forster) – 3:51
  5. "He Lives My Life" (lyrics, Forster) – 3:58
  6. "Heart and Home" (lyrics, McLennan) – 3:13
  7. "Surfing Magazines" (lyrics, Forster) – 4:34
  8. "Orpheus Beach" (lyrics, McLennan) – 4:48
  9. "Going Blind" (lyrics, McLennan) – 2:56
  10. "When She Sang About Angels" (lyrics, Forster) – 4:31


Additional personnel


  1. ^ Fred Mills. "The Go-Betweens: Their Back Pages". Rock's Backpages.
  2. ^ a b "Reviews for Friends of Rachel Worth by The Go-Betweens". Metacritic. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
  3. ^ Horowitz, Hal. "The Friends of Rachel Worth – The Go-Betweens". AllMusic. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Consumer Guide Drafts for Rhapsody, 2007". Retrieved April 28, 2016.
  5. ^ Brunner, Rob (6 October 2000). "The Friends of Rachel Worth". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
  6. ^ Costa, Maddy (22 September 2000). "The Go-Betweens: The Friends of Rachel Worth (Circus)". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
  7. ^ "The Go-Betweens: The Friends of Rachel Worth". Melody Maker: 49. 10 October 2000.
  8. ^ "The Friends Of Rachel Worth". NME. 16 September 2000. Archived from the original on 26 March 2013. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
  9. ^ Zamula, Meg (19 September 2000). "The Go-Betweens: The Friends of Rachel Worth". Pitchfork. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
  10. ^ "The Go-Betweens: The Friends of Rachel Worth". Rolling Stone: 174. 14 September 2000.
  11. ^ Weisbard, Eric (October 2000). "The Go-Betweens: The Friends of Rachel Worth". Spin. 16 (10): 174–75. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
  12. ^ "The Go-Betweens: The Friends of Rachel Worth". Uncut (41): 94. October 2000.

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