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In Your Bright Ray
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
Of the two former Go-Betweens now plying the solo trade, McLennan is the McCartney. Robert Forster mines deeper, reaches farther, and falls (when he falls) with more of a resounding splat. But McLennan, by keeping the arti... more »
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Of the two former Go-Betweens now plying the solo trade, McLennan is the McCartney. Robert Forster mines deeper, reaches farther, and falls (when he falls) with more of a resounding splat. But McLennan, by keeping the artistic stakes lower, also keeps the peaks more consistent--and the rewards more of the immediate, heavenly-pop-hit variety. The title track wins big in the hooks department, and "One Plus One" is the Churchiest, carrying the scent traces of McLennan collaborator (in Jack Frost) and Church frontman Steve Kilbey. Scent: musky and dust blown. It goes well with the muted sweetness that's native to McLennan, but it's all good here--every song of it. Not risky, nor unique ... but tasty, substantial, and accomplished. Worth many spins. --Gavin McNett
One of the Best Albums of 1997
P. A. Agnew | Wellington New Zealand | 11/28/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Just when I thought McLennan had hit a creative peak with his previous outing "Horsebreaker Star" he returns home to Sydney and records this masterpiece! This is definitely one of the best albums of 1997 and you, dear reader, are a very very lucky person. You won't regret stumbling onto this album, I promise. "In Your Bright Ray" is packed with mesmerisingly tuneful melodies and McLennan's gorgeously crushed vocals. "Sea Breeze," "Room For Skin" and the immaculate, shimmering title track alone are worth the price of admission. But on further listening, you discover hidden treasures everywhere. Wonderful album. McLennan's best since the Go-Betweens."
The latest of four GREAT albums
Bob Drake | Bronx, NY United States | 12/30/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Grant McLennan (see also G.W. McLennan) -- half (with Robert Forster) of the songwriting team of the defunct Go-Betweens -- has four 5-star albums that virtually NO one has heard of. What a shame! There isn't a bad track on any of his albums, and this one shows a great range from humorous to serious. His tunes ring true, and his rhymes and lyrics never fail to amuse (and, occasionally, confuse). Buy the entire set!"
Another fine collection of songs from McLennan
P. A. Agnew | 10/21/1998
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is Grant's fourth solo release and while all of his CD's miss the natural tension formed by sharing songwriting duties with Robert Forster in their band the Go-Betweens, he can still fill a CD with melody driven, acoustic pop ditties. These songs also differ from his work with The Church's Steve Kilbey in their spin-off duo Jack Frost by being less abstract. The songs here still mine the darker side of emotions but the musical accompaniment is snappy. "Sea Breeze" skips along like a child on a sunny day while "Room For Skin" adds some angst-lite to McLennan's uncanny knack for writing unforgettable hooks. All in all, another fine collection of tunes from Mr. McLennan."