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Big Big Train


Crossover Prog

4.03 | 183 ratings

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4 stars 8/10

It's very rewarding to see how the Big Big Train had a remarkable evolution in recent years. His early albums were lacking in quality or attractive but from Gathering Speed ​​things improved for them, culminating in an unprecedented masterpiece, entitled The Underfall Yard, which is probably my favorite album of the past decade. It would be difficult forthem to continue on top after a bombastic album as such, but just listen to this fantastic EP released last year to get an idea that they can still surprise us.

Yes, it's an EP, but I'll consider it as an album - it's light years away from the horrible band's debut EP! Far Skies Deep Time follows the musicality of the previous album, but with some differences. First, the brass instruments are no longer here (which is a pity), but the multifaceted figure of David Longdon is revealed here with force. Besides singing (which he does very well, and in my opinion the best singer in the band ever had and one of the best nowadays) he plays banjo, mandolin, flute (which is actually part of the album and the climate is not as a stranger element in The Underfall Yard), accordion, vibraphone and more. He is really the key figure here, but make no mistake - the other members play their roles beautifully! In addition we have invited weight: Jonathan Barry (guitar), Danny Manners (double bass), Tony Muller (piano) and Martin Orford (keyboards).

What about music? Well, they will not let you down if you're a fan of the band and / or enjoy a modern sound with a clear retro influence, I promise. My favorite songs here is the epic The Wide Open Sea and the jazzy British Racing Green.

4 stars. Certainly his next album will not disappoint!

voliveira | 4/5 |


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