• Record Label: Jet Set
  • Release Date: Feb 18, 2003
Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Spin
    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. A summery pop journey, complete with mellow melodies and gentle guitars.
  4. Entertainment Weekly
    83
    Smart, sitting-room songcraft barbed with bright guitars. [21 Feb 2003, p.150]
  5. A lovely album, understated and tender, and indeed quite distinct from the angrier, more angular sound on Spring Hill Fair.
  6. A mature, elegant effort, full of richness and depth.
  7. Uncut
    80
    Another treasure. [Mar 2003, p.95]
  8. Bright Yellow, Bright Orange is further proof that the second half of the Go-Betweens’ career is one well worth following.
  9. This is one consistent record that will being a smile to your face; there is nothing breathtaking, but there doesn't have to be.
  10. Q Magazine
    80
    An absolute masterclass in thoughtful, emotional songwriting. [Apr 2003, p.104]
  11. Go-Betweens fans should be very happy with Bright Yellow Bright Orange and glad the band has decided to stay together and continue to make smart, exciting adult pop music.
  12. It's every bit as essential as any of its predecessors; completely essential, in other words.
  13. Blender
    80
    A beautifully contained album, short in length and miniaturist in vision. [#14, p.135]
  14. Bright Yellow almost never reaches the highs of the group's classic early albums, nor does it embarrass itself by straining to duplicate them.
  15. Robert Forster's and Grant McLennan's distinctly different songwriting styles mesh brilliantly here.
  16. Bright Yellow Bright Orange is a much better album than Friends of Rachel Worth primarily because it largely abandons the formers' modern rock ambitions for a reflective and more natural folk-rock sound.
  17. Alternative Press
    70
    Recalls the band's earliest days. [Apr 2003, p.74]

Awards & Rankings

User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. 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 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. Full Review »
  2. 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 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. Full Review »
  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.