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Big Big Train - English Electric (Part One) CD (album) cover


Big Big Train


Crossover Prog

4.17 | 959 ratings

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Mr. Mustard
5 stars Being new to Big Big Train I was a bit weary on whether to get this album. Listening to a sample I thought it was just another Genesis clone, but after seeing the high reviews I gave in and got it. Needless to say I was extremely surprised. Their music obviously has a large Genesis component, yet seems very original. The album features a wide range of instruments and makes especially good use of mellotron, flute and brass. Each track is different and a unique surprise.

"The First Rebreather" (10/10) and "Judas Unrepentant" (10/10) are two upbeat tracks featured around a nice riff, and are very reminiscent of Genesis.

"Winchester From St. Giles' Hill" (8/10) and "Summoned By Bells" (10/10) are centered around flute and piano/keyboard, respectively, with the latter heaving a great brass section near the end.

"Uncle Jack" (8/10) is a quirky, almost bluegrass type song with the banjo. While not the best song on the album, it is catchy and really showcases the plethora of styles these guys play.

Upton Heath is a mellower tune with a very strong English and folk feel featuring strong harmonized vocals. (8/10)

"A Boy In Darkness" (9/10) is a more melancholic tune which slowly builds up to an amazing instrumental middle section. The vocals (like the rest of the album) are strong here.

The Final track "Hedgerow" (10/10) is my personal favorite. It starts off with a nice upbeat riff followed by a barricade of very catchy vocal melodies/harmonies.

Overall I am very impressed with this album. I would even place it above Anglagard's "Viljars oga" for album of the year. I will be looking forward to English Electric pt. II


Mr. Mustard | 5/5 |


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