It's impossible to listen to Forster's The Evangelist without thinking of McLennan, but to his credit Forster has designed it that way. Three songs were in fact co-written with McLennan, bequeathed to Forster to reveal to the world and break our hearts all over again. "Demon Days" in particular works eerily like a self-penned eulogy, something that Forster was quite aware of: "I played it a couple of days after he died," recalled Forster in a recent interview in The Age, "and it was an extraordinary moment because I was the only other person who knew this song existed and I've got this thing, this masterpiece, which is so fragile, because if I'd died three days after him, the song wouldn't exist."
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
The missing voice
A review of Robert Forster's The Evangelist, the new solo album from one-half of the Go-Betweens. The other principal Go-Between, Grant McLennan, died in 2006; McLennan is credited as co-writer on three Evangelist tracks. (Pitchfork)