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THE UNDERFALL YARD

Big Big Train

 

Crossover Prog

4.18 | 511 ratings

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voliveira
5 stars A memorable works of art . Big Big Train truly earned a place in my heart with this brilliant masterpiece entitled "The Underfall Yard."

This could be the album of the decade. I think it is. Every listen of this album made ​​me love him more and more to the point of making it one of my favorites of all time, what I say without fear.

At the same time respects and makes references to the great '70s (especially Genesis - the similarity between the voice of singer David Longdon and Phil Collins is undeniable), "The Underfall Yard" creates a unique sound, unique, beautiful.

The choir that opens "Evening Star" is wonderful, and makes you wonder what will come. Then there is an instrumental section that keeps growing and growing until culminate in a powerful climax marked by the repetition of a flute choir and somewhat out of place (in fact the inappropriate use of the flute at times the album is his weakness). After that is the best part: a section with a beautiful twelve string guitar (a la Steve Hackett) and brass instruments - unlike the flute, the addition of only magnifies the album.

Then comes "Master James of St. George," which is my favorite track from the album. Longdon has a voice just perfect, and the way he sings saying "Master, Master, Master James of St. George ..." is absolutely flawless. The guest guitarist Dave Gregory (who performs most of the guitar on the album here) contributes a great solo accompanied by a powerful mellotron. After the beautiful chorus be replayed at the end of the song ends with a melancholy whistle and sounds of waves crashing.

"Victorian Brickwork" was a song that took me to appreciate, but now I love her. Of the songs on the album, this is where the voice is more like Longdon Collins. I especially love the final, where the metal back to an epic climax.

"Last Train" was the first song on the album I've heard, and without it there would be introduced to this fantastic band. The song is far simpler in structure, but the advantage of "The Underfall Yard" is that it is equally accessible and complex - a key feature, in fact, the whole genre of Crossover Prog.

"Winchester Diver" was another song that took me to get used to, but now I wonder what it was that I did not like it. Although it has a structure typical verse-chorus-verse-chorus, it lasts seven minutes and features strong instrumental passages.

The title track closes the album, and is an epic 23 minutes. Although my feelings for her have become more positive over the eavesdropping even consider it the weakest of the whole album. No joke! Seriously, for a song that size, it is little explored and inspired. But the mistakes of the first part are compensated with a strong second half - the time when they reprise the chorus of "Evening Star" is simply stunning! The ending is also wonderful!

5 star: Evening Star, Master James of St. George, Victorian Brickwork, Last Train, Winchester Diver, The Underfall yard

Average: 5.00

Perfect!

voliveira | 5/5 |

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