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ENGLISH ELECTRIC (PART TWO)

Big Big Train

 

Crossover Prog

4.11 | 553 ratings

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Formentera Lady
4 stars Now I boarded the big big train.

Last year the album English Electric (Part One) already attracted my attention. But while Part One is very much oriented to the Genesis sound, Part Two emancipates from it. Don't get me wrong, I like Genesis very much, but while the songs of Part One sound like weak copies of Genesis inspired songs, I find the compositions more enthralling in Part Two.

The new album contains more lush piano sounds, more brass instruments, which give the songs an orchestral feel, more flute sounds, more violin solos, more playful intertwinings of all instruments in general. Already the 16-minute opener 'East Coast Racer' starts very powerful and immediately grips my attention. The singer sounds a bit like a mixture of Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins, but sometimes the vocals rise at heights with an emotional depth I would have not expected, for example in the end of 'Swan Hunter' or also in 'Leopards', which is a beautiful ballad in 3/4. The vocal chorus of 'Keeper of Abbeys' sometimes reminds of choruses of Part One, but the song ends in furious violin and guitar solos. Another beautiful guitar solo closes the album.

An album that was worth to listen to. Already now I dare to say that it might be one of the highlights of 2013.

Formentera Lady | 4/5 |

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