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Danger in the Past [Vinyl LP] Import

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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Spv (Edel Musica Austria)
  • ASIN: B000XHAZF0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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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.
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"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.
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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.
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HASH(0x9c9383cc) out of 5 stars edgier than the Go-Betweens 29 July 2005
By Claire M. Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Having been a huge Go-Betweens fan in the 80s, I bought this on cassette when it was first released. I have listened to it on and off over the years, and the songs stand up exceptionally well. Forster was always a bit edgier than McLennon, and the dark side of his muse is much in evidence on the title track and "Dear Black Dream." But this darker side is counterpointed gorgeously by uplifting melodies, as in the superb "I've Been Looking for Somebody." Perhaps the Go-Betweens reunion will lead to renewed interest in Forster's solo work.
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HASH(0x9c938504) out of 5 stars Best RF Solo Outing... 21 Feb. 2006
By Travis Dubya McGee Bickle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
...though, I gotta admit, I'm a big, honkin' GBs fan, and consequently, love all their solo efforts. This, though, exhibits the most solid and consistent songcraft. Particularly pleasing are "Baby Stones" and "Is This What You Call Change", an excellent rejoinder, by the way, to all the cliches about "life being change", etc....

It is apparently only available as an import now, more's the pity, but if you're susceptible to the GBs magic, this is definitely worth seeking out.
HASH(0x9cf2e45c) out of 5 stars Every song a gem 2 Jun. 2002
By David Hirsh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It's too bad that this is only available as an import. I'm sure that every Go-betweens fan has this. Everyone else should also. And after you have assimlated this, you have to see Robert perform the song Danger in the Past live. Robert is a literate writer, who at his best writes songs with stories and rhythms that draw you in. Robert Forster is a major talent who has recently rejoined Grant McLennan, his former partner in the Go-betweens. This though is what Robert was doing during the ten-year hiatus.
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