We're Not Talking

The Goon Sax - We're Not Talking
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2018 Ratings: #152 / 551
User Score
Based on 29 ratings
2018 Ratings: #104
September 14, 2018 / Release Date
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Wichita / Label
Indie Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Loud and Quiet
‘We’re Not Talking’ manages to further embellish the adolescent brilliance of their debut.
84
Paste

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.

80
Dork
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.
80
No Ripcord

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

80
DIY
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.
80
AllMusic
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.
80
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.

75
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.
75
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.

72
Pitchfork

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.

70
Clash
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.
70
Exclaim!
The Goon Sax are able to balance melancholy with the excitement of shedding adolescence through the perfect conduit: pop songs.
Sep 14, 2018
MidlineTV
80
Still as fun as ever but, I want to hear more Riley.
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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


Added on: May 1, 2018