The Clean includes: David Kilgour, Hamish Kilgour, Robert Scott.
Principally recorded at Studio 5, Albany, New York.
Audio Remasterer: Thomas Bell.
Recording information: Studio 5, Albany St (10/2000); The Basment, Manse Street (10/2000); Waiatarua (10/2000); Studio 5, Albany St (10/2000/11/2000); The Basment, Manse Street (10/2000/11/2000); Waiatarua (10/2000/11/2000).
While the Clean's singles and EPs were unwaveringly focused -- and indeed the central point of a quarter-century career that saw less than a half-dozen full-lengths -- their albums were more sprawling affairs. Getaway, which followed their third half-decade layoff, was no exception. Clocking at a decidedly CD-length 51 minutes, Getaway features a good handful of tunes cut from the New Zealand trio's always charming combo of the Velvet Underground and the Beach Boys. On the disc-closing "Complications," the brothers David and Hamish Kilgour lock in over Robert Scott's melodic bassline and a wall of stabbing organs and strident guitars. The Pavement-like "Golden Crown" likewise ducks under the two-minute mark. But the ambling drone jams like "Aho" and "Jala" are a bit too twangy for satisfactory shoegazing, a bit too short for deep zone-out. The disc's highlights include a pair of numbers featuring longtime pals (and Clean mega-fans) Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley of Yo La Tengo. The minute-and-a-half all-guitar jam "Alpine Madness" is distinctly Yo La Tengo-ish, and "Circle Canyon" is punctuated by Hubley's familiar harmonies. For as much concise popcraft as they exhibit, Getaway is defined by an enjoyable looseness that comes from being a rightfully legendary act that more properly amounts to a side project. ~ Jesse Jarnow
Q (10/01, p.118) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...This is music that exerts as much effortless cool as young pups The Strokes..."
Uncut (9/01, p.96) - 3 1/2 stars out of 5 - "...GETAWAY has an appropriately unfinished feel, chopped rhythms and circling melodies sometimes coalescing into West Coast pop prettiness. As with recent Sonic Youth, it's mind-expanding, punk psychedelia..."
Alternative Press (10/01, p.80) - 7 out of 10 - "...Clean really only play 3 types of songs: the upbeat, lo-fi classic indie pop...the slower, folksy numbers...and the trippy mood music....each one is perfromed to near perfection..."
Magnet - "[R]ather than rehash the glory days, it finds the band experimenting with splendidly Stones-y psychedelia, computer remixes..."
The Wire (8/01, p.66) - "...It's remarkable how endearing their blend of chugging underground pop and frail ragas still sound..."
CMJ (8/20/01, p.10) - "...A return to a more stripped-down sound imbued with plenty of strummed guitars and meandering, roughshod weirdness..."
Mojo (Publisher) (9/01, p.92) - "...A South Pacific take on school-of-Velvet-Underground garage rock....the blend of vigor and vulnerability is damn near irresistible..."