The Evangelist Robert Forster EMI
THE words of Demon Days , one of the three songs here co- written by the Go- Betweens’ songwriting force, Robert Forster and Grant McLennan, are particularly sad in the circumstances. But for McLennan’s death two years ago, what we would have expected here was the Gobies’ new offering. Instead, Demon Days has Forster singing ‘‘ Sparks to be sung in places so bright’’ in a tone that is, when underpinned by cello and violins, moving in the extreme. The Evangelist is also a celebration, however, with McLennan’s presence never far away. There’s an uplifting swagger and guitar jangle to Pandanus , for example, while the haunting Casio drone on which the album opens introduces a typically sparse Forster vocal and guitar strum on If It Rains . The string section reappears on the title track, Forster’s warm- hearted story of relocation. Let Your Light In, Babe , with bassist Adele Pickvance doubling on mandolin, is a McLennan country strut enhanced by Forster’s angular delivery. ‘‘ It’s all different now,’’ he sings on the closing piano ballad, From Ghost Town . ‘‘ Hope I get it right as I go on.’’ So far, so good.