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THE UNDERFALL YARD

Big Big Train

 

Crossover Prog

4.17 | 537 ratings

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Tiresius
5 stars A journey of wonder. This album strikes the chords of fulfillment for my progressive heart and mind from the first to the last moment. The music, the lyrics, the atmosphere, the arc of energy: This is definitive progressive music. I am not familiar with other albums of Big Big Train (I intend to remedy that), but this one appears to be a leap into a new dimension. Reviews and ads attracted my attention. Now I'm completely taken. I can strongly recommend the extensive podcast that can be downloaded at the band's website. Great information is provided about this exceptional band and particularly about this exceptional album.

The lyrics on "The Underfall Yard" are beautiful, dramas and images of British cultural lore, from Victorian bricks via vanishing rail lines to the murky depths below Winchester Cathedral. Every song unfolds a rich metaphorical force, fantastic paintings of humans and their interaction with both nature and industry in British landscapes.

David Longdon's vocals are simply breathtaking. I love the fact that his voice is strongly reminiscent of Phil Collins (when he was at his best), but the vocal expression breaks free of all mimicry. Genesis is to the music of "The Underfall Yard" as a muse is to a poet. "Twelve Stones from the water."

With Nick D'Virgilio (Spock's Beard, Genesis Rewired, ... ) on drums, numerous visits by Dave Gregory (XTC !) on guitar, a kicking guitar solo by Francis Dunnery (It Bites) on the title track and horns that blow like sun-warmed air, the music simply thrives and generates enjoyment.

I could go on, but I'd rather go listen to the album again.

Tiresius | 5/5 |

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