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If you haven't heard the Clean yet, you may have heard their influence bubbling up in Stereolab's loopy keyboards or in Sonic Youth's more experimental excursions. Getaway marks the Clean's triumphant return: brothers David and Hamish (the Mad Scene) Kilgour, with Robert Scott (the Bats), together again after five years, seem rejuvenated from their solo work, ready to reexplore the outer reaches of New Zealand space pop. With Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley each playing on two tracks, there is indeed a feel-good guitar vibe on Getaway, but the chicken/egg argument ends there--the Clean have been around for over 20 years. Trading vocals in their customary fashion, Hamish recalls a more laid-back Lou Reed on "Crazy," while David summons Spacemen 3 on the vibrant opener "Stars." Scott's signature croon on "E-Motel" is as comforting as ever, breezy and gauze-thin. On other tracks, the cool sounds envelop you like a blanket, proving that when these guys get together, the total effect is greater than the sum of the chiming, jangling parts. --Cyndi Elliott

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 21, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Merge Records
  • ASIN: B00005MK9B
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #241,111 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. Mix on August 23, 2001
Format: Audio CD
'Getaway' finds the Clean mining the shambling, slightly-left-of-center explorations of guitar and melody found on 1996's 'Unknown Country'.

"Stars", "Circle Canyon" and "Aho" build almost imperceptably to become swirling, free-flying epics. "Jala" contains a hint of Middle-Eastern psychedelia in its clipped rhythm accentuated by an utterly out of the blue harpsichord.

"Crazy" and "E Motel" are also typical of the recent Clean, featuring loping, hard-strummed melodies, the odd touch of keyboard and David Kilgour's half-sung, half-spoken vocals on the former and the Bats' Robert Scott on the latter.

Like 'Unknown Country', 'Getaway' features many short tracks that, in lesser hands, would feel like half-finished filler. But in the estimatable hands of the Clean, they serve to link songs and set moods.

While I wouldn't recommend this as a starting point for anyone curious about the Clean ('Compilation', 'Vehicle' and 'Modern Rock' serve that purpose much better), this is a worthy and very welcome addition to the Clean's canon.

Low-key, intimate and unassuming, this is the musical equivilent of a Saturday night willingly spent alone. And like that time, 'Getaway' resonates with a quiet sense of fulfillment.

Let it sneak up on you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Andrews on March 26, 2003
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the clean are something of an enigma to me - i've just caught them live on the 'getaway' tour and they still show the qualities that hold them in my heart as perhaps the finest live rock act i have ever seen. i've grown up with their music and they were an integral part of my continuing obsession and devotion to the new zealand music scene. "getaway" is only their fourth full-length album proper (along with their seminal early release album "compilation") in 23 years of existence and sees the band attempting to further refine their sound.
if your familiar with the clean's past, you'll know that their 80's material was quite lo-fi and raw in its delivery. since then they've managed to develop a strong jangle-rock presence through their first two albums and then exploiting a more pop-centric and quirky side on the somewhat chaotic last album 'unknown country'. the 5-year gap leading into the 'getaway' has seen david kilgour deliver a speight of fine singer-songwriter albums of quirky intent, brother hamish has been keeping himself busy in new york with expatriate kiwi band mad scene, whilst rob scott has continued performing with his outstanding band the bats.
though maybe not as immediately grabbing as their earlier singles, the best tracks off of "getaway" posses excellent melody and the natural flow that the clean has made all their own. album highlight's like the opener "stars" and the rob scott-led "e-motel" show what can be done with a minimal amount of chords and perfect execution of guitar feedback. the album differs from their earlier punchy efforts, concentrating on developing strong grooves laced in reverb and echoes at a leisurely-relaxed tempo.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 31, 2001
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Music with a great flow. You want to know what this sounds like? Break out your Velvet Underground third CD and put on the track What Goes On and listen to the ending. The music on this CD is real similar to that. It just flows nicely. The best tracks are the opening tune Stars, #3 Crazy, & #12 Aho. This is only the bands 4th album since 1983.
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This is one of my beloved bands playing on a really fine record. While better produced than some of their earlier work, this on again, off again trio continues, over and over again, to deliver music that is a joy to listen to. Combining folkish Velvet Underground-ish three chord rock with various indie rock sonic experiments, including some cuts that remind me of My Bloody Valentine at their most danceable, and featuring the fine accompanying playing of Yo La Tengo's Georgia Hubley and Ira Kaplan on two tracks, some mighty infectious grooves abound on this, a wonderfully warm, enjoyable recording by a legendary group.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By space_antelope on February 27, 2005
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what happened when the bankrobber left the bank?

he made a clean getaway.

get it??

i really like this music.
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