In 2006, the two chief Go-Betweens each compiled 13 of their solo tracks from the 1990s for a joint compilation, a few weeks before McLennan’s death. While the compilations were released in one package, it makes sense for me to review the two discs seperately.
It doesn’t cover the two albums he made with The Church’s Steve Kilbey as Jack Frost or his 1998 album with Far Out Corporation. But McLennan’s Intermission is a handy sampler for his four solo albums – unless you’re a completist, grabbing this and the excellent Horsebreaker Star is a pretty good shortcut to his career. There are a couple of weird omissions; ‘Fingers’ from Fireboy is a memorable, emotional piano ballad, while ‘Simone and Perry’ from Horsebreaker Star is the kind of effortless, mid-tempo, humane song that McLennan wrote so well.
Intermission is a strong solo portfolio for McLennan – this is an excellent selection of songs that tell the story of McLennan’s time away from The Go-Betweens.