- Performer:Robert Forster
- Title:The Evangelist
- Style:Alternative Pop/Rock,Alternative/Indie Rock,Contemporary Singer/Songwriter,Indie Pop
- Date of release:April 29, 2008
- Recording date:April, 2007 - November, 2007
- Recording location:Good Luck Studios, London, England
- Size FLAC version1562 megabytes
- Size MP3 version1925 megabytes
- Size WMA version1938 megabytes
- Formats:AHX MMF AU DXD MIDI MP2
The Evangelist is the fifth solo album by Australian singer-songwriter Robert Forster, released by YepRoc in 2008. Following the 1989 break-up of the Go-Betweens, the band he had formed at college in 1978 with his friend Grant McLennan, Robert Forster embarked on a solo career, releasing four albums under his own name between 1990 and 1996.
The Evangelist by singer and songwriter Robert Forster is his first solo recording in 11 years. It may not be a record he ever planned to make at all after the unexpected death of Grant McLennan, his collaborator for over 25 years in the Go Betweens. The band had released and was on tour for Oceans Apart, a masterpiece surpassed only by 16 Lovers Lane, if at all. Forster and McLennan had begun writing a new Go Betweens album in 2006, when McLennan passed away in his sleep from natural causes just shy of his 47th birthday.
Robert Forster's first release since the death of Grant McLennan, his late partner in the Go-Betweens, is also his best solo album. The Go-Betweens' initial break-up followed a fruitful span of six classic records, so when principals Robert Forster and Grant McLennan went their separate ways in 1989, there was at least a sense of mission accomplished. At the time, with solo careers embarked upon and new collaborators recruited, few expected the pair to reconvene as the Go-Betweens, which they eventually did roughly 10 years later. With the untimely 2006 death of McLennan came a sickening feeling of permanence, however; the excellent Oceans Apart would serve as the Go-Betweens' true swan song.
The Evangelist is the fifth solo album by Australian singer-songwriter Robert Forster, released by YepRoc in 2008. In 2000, the Go-Betweens reunited and went on to record the albums The Friends of Rachel Worth (2000), Bright Yellow Bright Orange (2003) and Oceans Apart (2005). com/The Evangelist (Robert Forster album).
Arecord that’s under the constant threat of being swallowed whole by the context of its creation, Robert Forster’s The Evangelist manages to function as an amalgam of a Forster solo record, a follow-up to his former band the Go-Betweens’ Oceans Apart, and a tribute to Grant McLennan, his collaborator in the Go-Betweens for some 35 years. In May 2006, while on tour in support of the band’s widely acclaimed last album, McLennan died suddenly, suffering a massive heart attack while napping before a party. Recorded with surviving band members Adele Pickvance and Glenn Thompson, much of the album recalls the Go-Betweens’ output as much as any of Forster’s solo outings.
Robert Forster – The Evangelist. Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Harmonica – Robert Forster. Released in a Digipak.
Robert Forster: The Evangelist. April 19 2008, 1:01am, The Times. This is Forster’s first album since the death of Grant McLennan, his partner in the Go Betweens for 25 years. McLennan’s spirit infiltrates pretty much every song, with From Ghost Town and It Ain’t Easy ( I write these words to his tune, that he wrote on a full moon ) direct tributes. McLennan tended to write the softer songs, Forster the more forthright and anguished
The Evangelist deals with Robert Forster’s German wife Karin Bäumler and the problems occurring because she has moved with him to Australia: I took her out of her home, a cabin near the woods, And took her to this desert with threatening neighbourhoods, not without ending on a positive note: And I believe, baby, I believe in us. The faster side of the album, (though fast is the wrong term to describe it) offers a nice distraction from the melancholic songs . And that must have been just what Robert Forster had in mind. It is a wonderful album, gentle and soft, beautiful and melancholic and worth an urging recommendation.
Robert Forster's first solo album in 12 years, his first after the untimely death of his fellow Go-Between Grant McLennan, begins with If It Rains, a song that shimmers with the same kind of exquisite sadness their much-loved band captured in their nine albums together. And when the soft guitars of Forster and McLennan's last joint composition, Demon Days, quickly follow it, the prospect of The Evangelist being a mournful masterpiece is all too gloriously likely
CreditsSeamus Beaghen - Celeste, Fender Rhodes, Organ (Hammond), Piano
Neil Coombe - Engineer
Susan Dench - Violin
John Dent - Mastering
Robert Forster - Casio, Composer, Drones, Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Electric), Guitar (Nylon String), Harmonica, Piano, Primary Artist, Vocals
Andy Gotts - Photography
Grant McLennan - Composer
Gill Morley - Violin
Adele Pickvance - Bass (Electric), Double Bass, Found Sounds, Mandolin, Mini Moog, Photography, Vocals
Audrey Riley - Cello, String Arrangements
Dave Ruffy - Engineer, Mixing, Producer
Brooke Sietinsons - Design
Glenn Thompson - Drums, Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Electric), Photography, Vocals
Christopher Tombling - Violin
Mark Wallis - Engineer, Mixing, Producer
Gregory Warren Wilson - Violin
|1||If It Rains Robert Forster||Robert Forster||3:47|
|2||Demon Days Robert Forster / Grant McLennan||Robert Forster||3:40|
|3||Pandanus Robert Forster||Robert Forster||3:58|
|4||Did She Overtake You Robert Forster||Robert Forster||3:24|
|5||The Evangelist Robert Forster||Robert Forster||4:29|
|6||Let Your Light In, Babe Robert Forster / Grant McLennan||Robert Forster||4:43|
|7||A Place to Hide Away Robert Forster||Robert Forster||2:35|
|8||Don't Touch Anything Robert Forster||Robert Forster||4:10|
|9||It Ain't Easy Robert Forster / Grant McLennan||Robert Forster||3:28|
|10||From Ghost Town Robert Forster||Robert Forster||5:41|