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  • Summary: After taking 12 years off prior to 2000's 'The Friends of Rachel Worth,' the legendary Australian indie-pop band is suddenly undergoing a bout of creativity as evidenced by yet another release this very same decade.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. 91
    Bright Yellow is the soundtrack for a small town, like New york, where everybody knows too much about everybody else. [May 2003, p.112]
  2. An album of uncommon intelligence.
  3. This is one consistent record that will being a smile to your face; there is nothing breathtaking, but there doesn't have to be.
  4. Bright Yellow, Bright Orange is further proof that the second half of the Go-Betweens’ career is one well worth following.
  5. An absolute masterclass in thoughtful, emotional songwriting. [Apr 2003, p.104]
  6. It's every bit as essential as any of its predecessors; completely essential, in other words.
  7. Bright Yellow almost never reaches the highs of the group's classic early albums, nor does it embarrass itself by straining to duplicate them.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. PhilL
    Feb 22, 2003
    10
    One of their best! Far and away my favourite record of the year so far, it somehow sounds fresher with every spin. Great to have them back; anyone who loved the Go-Betweens of the 80s will love this too. Expand
  2. WilliamH
    Feb 26, 2003
    10
    McLennan and Artney - er, I mean Forster - never disappoint. Essential, as always.
  3. mauricew
    Feb 28, 2003
    9
    Melodic and intelligent, up to the standard of their best songs. No harsh inconsistencies as on the last album, "Friends Of Rachel Worth". Brilliant.
  4. Matt
    Apr 24, 2003
    8
    It is hard not to compare this with 'The Friends of Rachel...' and it doesn't seem to have the immediate gratifying hooks of either. That said it does get better with each listen and in my book that's just one reason to like it all the more. Expand
  5. KenS
    Feb 26, 2003
    7
    A very listenable album, as all go-betweens albums are. However I still fell that all of their albums as a 4/5 piece band were superior to the 2 offerings they have put forward as a duo. Expand
  6. rogerg
    Mar 8, 2003
    2
    A real disappointment after the Friends of Rachael Worth, which I thought was a career high point. FORW was solid front to back where this album is merely a pleasant listen. Decent background music I guess. Expand

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