Bright Yellow Bright Orange
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Bright Yellow Bright Orange, the second album since the Go-Betweens' reformation in 2000 (the first being 2000's Friends of Rachel Worth), can't escape being thought of as the icing on the cake of a relationship already consummated. Like a couple that have already gone through the fires of marriage and divorce only to come together again, the strangest torments have already passed. While Rachel Worth managed to conjure some of the old Go-Betweens spirit (a feat and expectation that mustn't have been easy), details such as indie rock touches from Sam Coomes (Quasi) on keyboards and heavy-handed production from Portland's Larry Crane put them in a pose they obviously weren't accustomed to.
The album also suffered from the loss of their secret weapon (and definer of their early classic sound), drummer Lindy Morrison, who was replaced by a pretty-good-but-not-perfect-choice, Sleater-Kinney's Janet Weiss.Read more ›
Despite that, "BYBO" does contain its share of well written, memorable songs, particularly from Grant, whose batch of tunes - packed with hooks and interesting chord progressions - has the edge over Forster's. Particularly strong is "Poison in the Walls," with its glorious yet slightly strange minor key change in the chorus, the bouncy, sophisticated 60s-tinged pop of "Old Mexico," and the deeply moving, spare, piano-based "Unfinished Business," (which sounds like an update of his similarly spare, piano-led "Dusty in Here," from "Before Hollywood"). The slow-paced, dreamy "Crooked Lines," is another highlight that vaguely recalls a much earlier tune, "Just a King in Mirrors."
Forster's songs don't seem to work as well. The opening "Caroline and I," contains amusing ruminations on being born in the same year as Princess Caroline of Monaco, but musically sounds like a lazy rehash of "La Bamba." "Make Her Day" is the sort of generic alterna-pop that could've been bashed out by any faceless indie band.Read more ›
Bright Yellow, Bright Orange equals Friends of Rachel Worth, but has a poppier feel and is more consistent from beginning to end. Rachel was beautifully wistful and sad, but contained two or three or the band's worst numbers.
Grant McLennan's songs always range from good to great, so the strength of a Go-Betweens record rests on the unpredictable Robert Forster, and I love his songs on Bright Yellow. "Caroline and I," "Too Much of one Thing," and "Make Her Day," are among the best songs he's ever done. Simply infectious. Grant dominated early records like Before Hollywood, but Robert made a small leap forward on Spring Hill and took giant steps on Liberty Belle and the Black Diamond Express. This might be the first time he's better than Grant, though he might have been on Liberty Belle.
As others have said, this isn't Grant's best. He's merely good.
Anyway, I give this 4 to 4 1/2 stars, and remain pleasantly shocked at the comeback.
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This is the return of a band that was sadly underappreciated its first go-around, but which is now regarded as a critical success if not a pop music one. Read morePublished 18 months ago by dwall
I discovered this Australian group late with "Oceans Apart" and have since been building my collection going back in time. Read morePublished on December 21, 2007 by Izant
Every couple of months I play this CD or Friends of Rachel Worth and they are always fresh, bright and interesting. Read morePublished on January 30, 2007 by James Carragher
More light and flowing than Liberty Belle... so it is closer to 16 Lover's Lane - Amazon reviewer's favorite. Much better in my opinion than The Friend's of Rachel Worth.Published on December 20, 2003 by Amazon Customer
It is almost impossible to truly describe the Go-Betweens and this cd in their pantheon. This is a band that refused to conform their music to some standard set by the industry or... Read morePublished on April 1, 2003 by David Hirsh
I think it a little sad that some folks have problems accepting the fact that the Go Betweens are older and are not recording in the mid-80's any longer. Read morePublished on March 9, 2003 by Randall E. Adams
i was a little disappointed with the go-betweens comeback album, friends of rachel worth, it seemed to lack direction, the songs were too muddled (and in robert's contribution just... Read morePublished on March 5, 2003 by ovid
When the Go-Betweens returned in the new millennium with The Friends of Rachel Worth, they were treated as if they were the musical equivalent of Encino Man-anomalies, from another... Read morePublished on February 25, 2003 by James Dunn
First of all, I absolutely agree with thoutah. They've lost the punch, the wit. Except for Old Mexico and one or two more tracks, they don't hit your heart the way they did. Read morePublished on February 23, 2003 by Antonio Calvo