It Gave Me Something Small That I Could Feel... : Go-Betweens Part Five
Final update from SA
: "Caroline and I"
The reunion kept on keeping on and the 2nd mk II album, Bright Yellow Bright Orange
, hit the fan in 2003. The opening track, "Caroline and I"
, sounds mundane as the opening chords strike, but what saves it is the lyrical content. About being born the same year as the princess of Monaco, the song has a unique feel to it. I don't know how Forster comes up with the subjects he sings about, but the great thing about him is he pulls them off. I can't imagine being in my mid-forties and writing a song about growing up during the same timeframe as an obscure(?) royal woman who I don't know. I'll admit that lyrics usually aren't all that important to me, but McLennan and Forster are both skilled in the art of the lyric, and Forster in particular can be downright fascinating at times. The Go-Betweens
: "Born to a Family"
Crews had the good fortune to see this played live last night, as they are currently on tour in support of their newest album Oceans Apart
. I am no fool for loving this band so much, or at least the music critics don't think I'm a fool, as Oceans Apart is currently ranked #5 on the year at Metacritic
. For this one, they called upon the 16 Lovers Lane producer and pulled out all the stops. It appears they have hit it big in... Germany!? Yes, it is true. Good for them. "Born to a Family"
is a peppy little jaunt again about looking back and again doing it in Forster's own style. It reminds me musically of Springsteen
's "Working on the Highway"
, and that's a good thing.