Friday, January 23, 2009

One-hundred word reviews – Rising, from Melbourne’s The Go Set

The Go Set’s fourth full-length recording, Rising, is everything you would want in a Celtic inspired union anthem album – but with subtly more. Bagpipes, sea-swept chorus, rail-roads, men chained and exported, here we go, here we go. The album takes colonial history and places it firmly within the modern context. The Roaring Forties evokes the stigma of Australia’s painful response to boat-people. Armentieres re-works the bawdy World War I "Mademoiselle from Armentières" into a love song, as the girl with jet black hair swallows streets that once ran liquid with mustard gas. As they say, all hell has been unleashed.

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