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  • Audio CD (21 April 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: tag05 records
  • ASIN: B0015LBIRM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,425 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2. Demon Days
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5. The Evangelist
6. Let Your Light In Babe
7. A Place To Hide Away
8. Don't Touch Anything
9. It Ain't Easy
10. From Ghost Town

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Stuart on 15 April 2008
Format: Audio CD
This is an extraordinarily beautiful piece of work, and I think it has to be heard like that, almost as a continuous suite of songs, not something that can be dipped into a track here and another there. It's the sound of a mature man counting his blessings and at the same time mourning the death of one of his dearest friends, and it contains some of the warmest and saddest words this fine lyricist has ever written. I love its sound, the rich simplicity of instrumentation, from that first confident flickery twitch of a Forsterian guitar riff at the beginning to that elegiac, lilting piano motif at the end, and I love especially the amazing tenderness in his voice, especially on Demon Days, and the way he sings "baby" in the title track...I think it's the most honest, humane, deeply felt album any of us will have heard, or will hear, for a long long time
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By russell clarke TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 April 2008
Format: Audio CD
Completely agree with the reviewer who cites The Go Betweens and The Triffids as the greatest Australian musical exports of the 1980,s -though I would add Nick Cave in there as well. The Go Betweens always had two distinct styles for me. Robert Forsters songs were more angular and difficult to get a handle on -though they mostly rewarded any effort made to get beneath their skin. Grant McLennan though was just an effortlessly brilliant song writer, to my mind as good as Paul McCartney or Brian Wilson in that he just seemed to have an instinctive knack for conjuring beguiling and memorable songs. "Cattle And Cane" , Streets Of Your Town ", the wondrous "Quiet Heart" or "Haven,t I Been A Fool" from his magnificent debut solo album "Watershed".

It's no surprise that Robert Forsters first solo album since McLennan,s tragically premature death at the age of 48 is suffused with the spirit of the man who Forster calls "My best male fiend and my working partner". Three of the songs on the album "Demon Days" , "Let Your Light In Babe" and "It Ai,nt Easy" were started by McLennan and completed by Forster including some of the lyrics. Demon Days was the most complete, with a chorus and five lines written of the first verse; the other two songs, "Let Your Light In, Babe"and "It Ain,t Easy", had chorus lyrics only. For "Let Your Light In," he constructed a narrative that had come to him after reading a 19th-century poem of erotic romance set in a church.

Does it sound too sentimental to say that these three songs are the best things on the album? Possibly but that,s the way I feel ."Demon Days" is one of the most purely beautiful songs McLennan has written .
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Tony Floyd VINE VOICE on 21 April 2008
Format: Audio CD
The Go Betweens and The Triffids were, for me, Australia's greatest musical exports of the 1980s. The core of the Go-Betweens was the songwriting partnership of Grant McLennan and Robert Forster, who together created a run of fantastic albums of (gulp) literate guitar indie pop through the 1980s, topped by the brilliant 16 Lovers Lane. When the Go-Betweens split, McLennan and Forster each continued to release pleasing and enjoyable solo albums that never quite hit the heights of their work as Go-Betweens. Like Lennon and McCartney (and oddly 'McLennan' seems to embrace both those names) the pair were characterised as having distinctive styles; McLennan was seen as the softer, more personal writer with Forster being more acerbic and tart. Putting it simpler still McLennan wrote from the heart (exemplary track: Cattle and Cane) and Forster from the head (exemplary track: Part Company). Like most generalisations this is too simplistic but it is suggestive that when Forster and McLennan re-formed The Go-Betweens their combined strengths helped to provide the balance and rigour occasionally missing from the solo albums. We, the lucky listeners, were treated to a short run of new Go-Betweens albums that each improved on the last. Their final collaboration, Oceans Apart in 2005, was critically hailed and appreciated by fans at the time. Retrospectively, with the death of Grant MacLennan last year,it now has to serve as a (fortunately fitting) summary and conclusion to their career.

Robert Forster's latest album of course cannot help but be shadowed by McLennan's passing. Presumably both were going to continue as The Go-Betweens, as a handul of the tracks here incorporate some of Grant McLennan's lyrics.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. J. Matthews on 26 Jun 2008
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
I agree that Robert Forster should write and sing from the heart more , it does suit him. Obviously listening to someone you have revered all your adult life bareing their heart so honestly is going to grab a fan like me.

I didn't think I was especially sentimental about Grant , he clearly didn't think much of himself, despite his talents as a songwriter, carrying his personal fight to believe he could be loved throughout his life. And I used to find that a little irritating if I'm honest, like - 'god's sake man, you're the real deal, get over yourself !' .... and his songs , although often truly brilliant in structure and melody , could stray into saccharrine sweet. I also got the impression he was trying to recapture early poetic glories such as 'wrong road' , 'palm sunday' ( one of my all time favourite songs ) and 'bye bye pride' and he was frustrated he couldn't quite get there again. Only my opinion obviously.

Forster on the other hand, is simply in love with pop music for the sheer joy of it and unencumbered by such baggage. He could still frustrate by the inclusion of too many repetitive lines and tunes amongst the flashes of, dare I say it , genius. Playing 'born to a family' followed by 'too much of one thing' at recent gigs, practically the same song, and not a very good one either, when you know he could be playing something great instead .....

So - the Evangelist. I told myself I wouldn't cry, was gripped by the throat 20 seconds from the end of Track one Side one ( as Robert would delight in putting it )
blubbing helplessly right through track 2 ( it's good to have good cry though sometimes , no ? )
now then , track 3 ..... here's some optimistic grateful-for-the-wonderful-world sunset healing stuff .... I'm feeling a bit better ....
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