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Big Big Train


Crossover Prog

3.64 | 316 ratings

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bill g
5 stars The Difference Machine represents a marked change from earlier BBT albums. The great chord changes and powerful melodies are still there, more so in fact than before, but the music is much more upbeat, more 'proggy', if you will then previous albums. In fact it doesn't even sound like the same band as earlier albums, except some for 'Gathering Speed'. This is in fact one of the most powerful and beautiful albums I have heard in years. This is one of those albums that sound better and better with repeated listenings, and the addition of sax and cello give the overall effect of a true classic, somewhere between Yes, Genesis and Pink Floyd in their primes. Mellotron abounds as well, in the short breaks that divide the 3 long songs that make up the bulk of the album.

With 99% of my cds I always think something could be better. Sometimes a cd will have too much of this, or not enough of that, or the vocals are weak, or whatever. With The Difference Machine, I cant imagine how it could be better. It affects me the way a new Genesis album did in the 70's, when I couldnt listen to anything after it. So rather than trying to describe the music any further, I highly recommend going to their site and listening to the soundclips for this album. It just doesnt get any better than this. It really is that good!

bill g | 5/5 |


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