Following 12 years of solo work, Robert Forster
and Grant McLennan
surprised faithful fans in 2000 with the much-lauded Friends of Rachel Worth
, and the duo have come out swinging again on Bright Yellow, Bright Orange
. Forster may have hit his peak here. His wry, tightly crafted stories of human behaviour form the core of the set's strongest songs, highlighted by the brisk and jangly "Too Much of One Thing", the buoyant "Make Her Day" and the organ-adorned "Something for Myself". McLennan, on the other hand, delivers the goods in his usual straight-ahead, verse-chorus-verse fashion, providing an emotional refrain to sink our teeth into on "Poison in the Walls" and a wistful one on the elegiac "Unfinished Business". He seems to be moving in an even more accessible direction, while Forster's work is wrapped in layers that are sheer joy to peel away. Bright Yellow, Bright Orange
is further proof that the second half of the Go-Betweens' career is one well worth following. --Lorry Fleming
Tender 2003 album from the then reunited Australian icons. Includes "Caroline & I". Cameo by Glenn Thompson (ex-Custard).