Robert Forster, 'The Evangelist' (Yep Roc)

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The Evangelist
Critical Mass
Label: Yep Roc

by Jon Young

Two years after the death of Grant McLennan, his collaborator in beloved indie rockers the Go-Betweens, Forster gets back to work as a solo artist. With his unassuming voice -- like a more agreeable Lou Reed -- and spare folk-rock tunes, he's got a gift for importing cosmic subjects like mortality ("Demon Days") and transcendence ("If It Rains") into vivid everyday vignettes, minus any cheesy melodrama. And when Forster seems to address his friend's passing directly ("It Ain't Easy"), a bright rockabilly beat signals resilience to lessen the sting.

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