The Evan­ge­list Robert Forster EMI

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music -

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.

Iain Shed­den

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