Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Available to Download Now
 
Buy the MP3 album for 7.99
 
 
 
 
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Colour:
Image not available

 

Danger In The Past

Robert Forster Audio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Currently unavailable.
We don't know when or if this item will be back in stock.


Buy the MP3 album for 7.99 at the Amazon Digital Music Store.


Amazon's Robert Forster Store

Visit Amazon's Robert Forster Store
for all the music, discussions, and more.

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought


Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Label: Pid
  • ASIN: B0007782BK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars
4.0 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the forgotten chap in black 14 Oct 2006
By jenny
Format:Audio CD
Robert Forster is best known as the tall one from the Go-Betweens, rather than for his solo work, and this may not even count for much as so many folk are still unaware that the Go-Betweens ever existed.

Robert Forster should really be more famous.From the Go-Betweens late 70s beginnings to the sad end of the band's career following the tragic death of Grant Mclennan in May 2006, Forster was a tall, dark, charismatic presence. He can pose like the best of him, raise an eyebrow like nobody else, he dresses like a debonair old dandy. You have to wonder why people don't say his name is the same breath as the use to mention a certain Steven Patrick Morrissey, but why the Go-Betweens never entered public consciousness on any grand scale will just have to remain a mystery.

Danger in the Past was the first solo record Forster made, in 1990, after the break-up of the band the previous year, and it was the first real chance for him to showcase his own songwriting on such a large scale.

This is a beautiful record. No Go-Betweens fan should be without it. I was a little waty, myself, being a true Go B's devotee, that it would be a bit tedious, a bit of a growing-old record, but listening to it quickly puts any fears aside.

It isn't the Go Betweens in any way. It's rather a wistful, soft collection of songs. At times forceful, but in general, it's the slowness, the intimacy and above all, the grace of the whole affair that draws you in.

Danger in the past, the title track, is a dark, thrilling little song, with all of Forster's grand knack for the melancholic and dramatic. Baby Stones, the album's lead-off single is a gorgeous, wry song where Forster plays the cuckolded narrator.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
"Danger In The Past" was Robert Forster's first solo album recorded after the (as it turned out, temporary) dissolution of the Go-Betweens at the end of 1989. It features, alongside Forster on vocals and guitar, his future wife, Karin Bäumler (on backing vocals on the title track) and three long-term collaborators of Nick Cave. It is a class effort, quite different in style from the Go-Betweens, but demonstrating many of that group's virtues - intelligence, wit, but with a slightly more restrained and "adult" feel - perhaps reflecting that the immediately (at least superficially) joyous poppy melodies that Forster's erstwhile partner in composition and performance, Grant McLennan, brought to the Go-Betweens are here absent.

Truthfully much of this album is so good that it doesn't need them. The opening track (also released as a single, like all of Forster's work, to major commercial indifference), "Baby Stones" tells the story, in the first person, of an about to cuckolded lover; the lyrics are crisp, witty and astute, with just a hint of a desire for (understated) revenge - or at least the assured knowledge that "Every man for the rest of your life will be less than me". And the tune is as straightforwardly poppy as Forster gets - a minor classic, in fact. Another standout track is "Is This What You Call Change", an elegant expression of regret at destruction. It is quite similar in tone to the title track, another stand-out, although here the lyrical emphasis is, apparently, of overcoming some crisis of an apparently medical nature. It's graceful, refined, elegant and touching.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Patchy but great in places 24 April 2010
By klaher
Format:Audio CD
This was Robert Forster's first solo album. Released in 1990 after the dissolution of the Go-Betweens, it has a great picture of Robert on the cover. It kicks off with Baby Stones, which is a dead ringer for early REM, around Reckoning direction. The song is driven along nicely by jangly guitar and piano. Forster is a great songwriter, and good guitarist but is a bit of a non-singer, his voice is something of an acquired taste. It's followed by the River People which is a kind of folky ballad, with down-by-the-river type imagery.

Leave Here Satisfied is more dramatic, with quieter verses before building up to a crescendo for the chorus before the music drops away again. It's in a minor key, which gives it a different sound from both Baby Stones and most other Go-Betweens songs. There's a great line on this one: "there was dust on the piano keys, dust on the backyard trees, dust on the doorlocks but not on me."

After a couple of songs which to my ears are a little disappointing, things improve with the title track, which is a little doomier than what had gone before. It's arranged like a Nick Cave ballad, with darkish sounding verses and then chorus which is little more than the song-title repeated a few times. But it works really well, as does second-last song I've Been Looking for Somebody. It's the classic story of the guy who never thought he could find a woman but then surprises himself by doing just that.

Overall the album is a little patchy but at least half of it is great.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions
   


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Look for similar items by category


Feedback