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info opinion

The Forresters

"Skindeep" CD

Tom Thumb Records

Genres: pop/rock, indie pop

Mint Records
PO Box 3613
Vancouver, BC
V6B 2Y6

Jan 12 - 18 2004

Slick, infectious pop music is the name of Australian act The Forresters' game - their melodies are pleasant and extremely listenable, and their overall sound is smooth and extremely inoffensive.  Skindeep is their deeply engaging new pop album, and it's recommended for fans of glossy indie rock/pop.

"Fool in Love" encapsulates The Forresters' sound perfectly.  Vaguely rock-injected pop music, somewhat like a more twee-influenced Barenaked Ladies, is what you can expect.  This has mainstream potential, but shouldn't be shunned for that reason - many of Skindeep's twelve pop songs could be hit singles, although are probably too 'soft' and innocent for nowadays' average radio station playlist.

"Tremblin'", one of this album's best songs, is also one of its calmest - lush, rolling guitar and trumpet are used to create a pretty, slow song that's tough not to like.  "Wake Up," meanwhile, like many of the songs on this disc, is a pleasant, country-influenced number.

Overall, Skindeep is not essential, but is simply a wonderful document of how pleasant music can be - The Forresters belong in any true pop lover's record collection.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 13 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2003]