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ENGLISH ELECTRIC (PART ONE)

Big Big Train

 

Crossover Prog

4.20 | 736 ratings

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MarkGregory
5 stars Arrived in the post on 1st September and I have now enjoyed it 4 times (5 if you include the airing I'm now certain it received at Celebr8 on 7th July over the pa between band set ups). Very easily a 5 star, and pips everything they have created thus far, and the back catalog is exceptional, so I guess you could say they have built up a head of steam to get to this point (although I think they favour diesels!?).

Starting with the cover and booklet, this takes a change from more recent releases and is quite beautifully put together, taking inspiration from what I believe to be close up photographs of rusting diesel locomotives, hence the title English Electric. And nice to see an artist put a hat and tie on for a change.

The moods flow well from one song to another, and I particularly like the unusual Uncle Jack and its partner song Hedgerow which remind me of Ronnie Lanes Slim Chance which reflect a new folk influence. Inspiring stuff for getting out on a walk in the English countryside.

Summoned by Bells is for me the centerpiece and the closing section is simply blissful with the interplay between guitar, trombone and cornet. Music doesn't get better than this in any genre.

All of the lyrics are poetic in themselves and A Boy in Darkness is partially powerful contrasting the ill treatment of children in the mines with more modern day child abuse in the Church (if I have interpreted this correctly).

Underpinning what is most definitely their own unique sound, is a mid 70's Genesis feel, but for those not keen on such a comparison, don't be put off, there are also some post rock elements and enough diversity in each individual piece to provide a real mix of influences.

The production values are outstanding and the balance between the instruments and vocals divine for listening to on a proper system.

In summary, I'd say this is a work of carefully and possibly painfully crafted perfection. Must be the CD of 2012, prog or otherwise.

MarkGregory | 5/5 |

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