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Big Big Train


Crossover Prog

4.17 | 690 ratings

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2 stars Boring, boring and boring....

I purchased the The Underfall Yard sometime ago based on the reviews and recommendations from this site. After a concerted effort I basically gave up on this album.

There is nothing particularly wrong with it and yet at the same time there is everything wrong with it.

The disease that inflicts this album is one of sameness and monotony. This affliction ranges all the way from the way it was recorded to the compositions and voices.The music lacks tension setting and release mechanisms. Vocals arrangements are uninteresting and frankly boring. David Longdon's voice is colourless and his range is limited. He tries to imitate Phil Collins a little too hard and after a while his efforts starts to irritate.

The compositions are ornamented with orchestrations which in itself is good idea but the orchestral arrangements are so simplistic that they could have been written by a grade 10 student aspiring to be a classical composer.

On the other hand when they stop singing and focus on the music they achieve passable results. Maybe their next effort will be an instrumental CD and I will try to like them again.

My copy of Underfall Yard is going on fire sale and by the looks of it i should not have any trouble finding buyers

spleenache | 2/5 |


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