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We're Not Talking

The Goon Sax - We're Not Talking
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2018 Ratings: #194 / 715
User Score
Based on 49 ratings
2018 Ratings: #262
September 14, 2018 / Release Date
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Wichita / Label
Indie Pop / Genres
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Loud and Quiet
‘We’re Not Talking’ manages to further embellish the adolescent brilliance of their debut.

The band’s first album, filled with achingly familiar suburban references like Target and sweaty-palmed hand-holding, was released when Louis Forster, James Harrison and Riley Jones were just 17. This makes Talking, released two years later, an interesting crystallization of growing up.

Sweeping and swooning with the spirit of indie past, but never descending into generic laziness, The Goon Sax are the next wonders from Down Under.
No Ripcord

In We're Not Talking, The Goon Sax further their modest songcraft by sprucing up their tuneful sorrow.

On ‘We’re Not Talking’, The Goon Sax are at their best when asking questions and trying to work out their existential angst, rather than giving definitive answers.
It's a great combination of sound and songs that makes good on the promise the band showed on their debut, and shows them navigating the numerous pitfalls of growing up as a band in fine fashion.
God Is in the TV

The band’s songcraft has improved immeasurably since their first release, in its powerful, succinct simplicity, in its poeticism and melodicism. Jones and Forster’s voices and narratives gel beautifully on this record.

Northern Transmissions
While it’s not their most consistent record, there’s a real hunger in enough of the song’s to show that The Goon Sax want to try something new.
Under The Radar

Even if Forster had a head start in his craft, he and the other Goons aren't taking any shortcuts—these are the hard-earned lessons of a band still tossed by youth, still fine-tuning both their chops and their compassion.


The Brisbane guitar-pop trio infuses conversational vocals with deep emotional resonance on a sophomore album that spotlights the refreshing contributions of drummer Riley Jones.

The second album by The Goon Sax, 'We're Not Talking', sees the Brisbane three piece growing in confidence, with flashes of brilliance at regular intervals throughout.
The Goon Sax are able to balance melancholy with the excitement of shedding adolescence through the perfect conduit: pop songs.
Gostei tnto da estréia deles dois anos atrás, mas este disco não mostrou mta evolução. Não que tenha que mostrar, mas senti que mto do que fez deles algo interessante não tá mto presente aqui. Ainda são uma banda com bastante carisma, mas o som está mais cheio, as composições mais genéricas, os arranjos mais batidos. Pouca coisa me chamou a atenção aqui.
We're not talking can be a bit unnerving at times but it still holds up as one of my favorite Aussie bands.Like they stay in Australia, we're not that stoked, but pleased.
For the most part, We're Not Talking brings it hard.
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Track List

  1. Make Time 4 Love
  2. Love Lost
  3. She Knows
  4. Losing Myself
  5. Somewhere in Between
  6. Strange Light
  7. Sleep EZ
  8. We Can't Win
  9. A Few Times Too Many
  10. Now You Pretend
  11. Get Out
  12. Til the End
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Added on: May 1, 2018