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    Posted: September 08 2017 at 01:46
I wholeheartedly agree with the ones who say that Big Big Train is on a great-album-run.

There's not a single album in the last decade that dissapoints. I even think that Second Brightest Star is the best thing they ever did. I played it non-stop last summer.
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BBT are on one of those great album runs that bands sometimes have from The Underfall Yard to the current album. There aren't many bands that I am anyway near as fond of (perhaps Anathema might give them a run for their money but that's it)

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Ups and downs, ups and downs - but overall a magnificent ride that started now a fair couple of records (and years) ago - forcing me to become that kind of all-accepting FANATIC nutcase (I'm joking, of course)

You don't like BF nor RS ? I can suggest some older fine recordings of both gentlemen...if you'd want
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote RoadLASER Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 05 2017 at 15:37
Originally posted by Quinino Quinino wrote:

I see it as the cherry on top of the cake - but then I've already started to fancy all they release (for some time now) with no critical sense whatsoever, just full open arms Hug


But why? Album Grimposound  is beautiful. Folklore is unusual, but beautiful.
Sorry, but "The Second Brightest Star" is a
mixture of Bryan Ferry (As Time Goes By ), Rod Stewart  (The Great American Songbook) and 1 song - pouring out Peter Gabriel
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I see it as the cherry on top of the cake - but then I've already started to fancy all they release (for some time now) with no critical sense whatsoever, just full open arms Hug
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Originally posted by Quinino Quinino wrote:


LONDON SONG


This song they have beaten many times on different albums. The theme is excellent, but the approach begins to resemble Waters with his Wall
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^ Exactly, nicely put Thumbs Up
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^Downloaded it last week, right after purchasing Grimspound. Great track, the sum is more than the individual parts.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Quinino Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 05 2017 at 13:05

Just to bring to everybody's attention the free download at Bandcamp BBT's page, of this lovely Medley of 34' named LONDON SONG




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Second Brightest Star is their best release since English Electric. Fight me.
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I've found the last two albums the BBT albums I like the least.  The opener on the new one is superb but despite repeated listens the rest is not moving me.  I don't think it's as though they've particularly changed their style, just that the material isn't resonating.  The Underfall Yard-Far Skies Deep Time-EE Part 1 was a helluva run, three fantastic release in succession, but since then not quite for me.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote geekfreak Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 25 2017 at 23:51
well its taking me ages to really figure out the do I don't I like Big Big Train and its a amazingly awesome results with continued listing spins, well worthy of the time put in! 
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Originally posted by Tom Ozric Tom Ozric wrote:

^ Oh, I had a few drinks and it scattered what I was trying to say (and ignore the 'magic' statement, dunno quite what I meant there ??.) but what I meant was something more like ; I hope the quality of their music doesn't suffer with the amazingly quick outpouring of material. I wasn't completely sold on Folklore, it has a lot of good stuff on it, but some things didn't quite click with me. And both the EE albums are superb, especially the 2nd instalment. These are the 3 I have (being, exclusively, a vinyl obsessive) - I'm eager for their latest on vinyl. Still, not making much sense eh ??


Also the 3 Big Big Train albums I have (though the English Electric ones I have on the Full Power version). I do love English Electric, it struck me as using the instrumental beauty of prog for the sake of the music and not for the sake of being prog. However, Folklore did dissapointed me somehow... the instrumental parts do sound like being there for the sake of being prog now, and I sort of don't find the melodies so inspired. Still enjoyable, but not in the same league for me. And now I'm not sure if I want to get this new albums from this year... I guess I'll listen to them first, though... and there's still "The Underfall Yard" to consider.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Tom Ozric Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 25 2017 at 16:03
^ Oh, I had a few drinks and it scattered what I was trying to say (and ignore the 'magic' statement, dunno quite what I meant there ??.) but what I meant was something more like ; I hope the quality of their music doesn't suffer with the amazingly quick outpouring of material. I wasn't completely sold on Folklore, it has a lot of good stuff on it, but some things didn't quite click with me. And both the EE albums are superb, especially the 2nd instalment. These are the 3 I have (being, exclusively, a vinyl obsessive) - I'm eager for their latest on vinyl. Still, not making much sense eh ??
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I'm confused. You said you hadn't caught onto the magic of their music yet you love all their albums...??
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Wilson was just a basic example. I do love all the BBT albums - Spawton is a bit of a 'hero' (one of many ) to me. Just seems they're doing a massive amount of things in very short time-frame. Kudos to them. I will be buying either way.
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It is quite simple really. They have a great team of creative musicians, are giving them all the space to contribute and thrive within the group, and are making hay while the sun shines and they are at their creative peak.

Their material is of a consistently high quality, if it is still coming out of the writing methods they use, why sit on it?

And it most definitely is consistently A1 material. (There are 8 of them, to 1 of Steven Wilson - but any comparisons are utterly trite.)
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Tom Ozric Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 25 2017 at 02:15
I've been buying the vinyls of their albums from the English Electric projects and (here goes) - the one with the Raven on the cover. From those 3, I virtually obsess over E.E. II. For me, I haven't caught on to the 'magic' of their music tbh. I can't grasp how they're cranking out this much work in such a short time, and expect it to be A1 material. Steven Wilson they ain't.
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So `Grimspound' landed in less than a year from `Folklore', and now within a few weeks of `Grimspound' they have another stacked full album...and some of it contains full-length versions of pieces off that previous album that were shortened? Along with a couple of DVD/Bluray releases in that time, an EP, and a live album, BBT needs to seriously calm down and stop flooding the market with so much stuff...which will likely lead to a `Full Power' complete reissue before too long as well!

I'm still making my way through `Folklore' and haven't even bought `Grimspound' yet, let alone this new one!

Mind you, the `Stone and Steel' live bluray is superb (Ha, and that runs about three hours as well! )!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Dellinger Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 24 2017 at 21:12
Return to Ommadawn is already stepping down on the ratings of this year. I have really enjoyed that one a lot, and has grown with repeated listenings. I have heard only once on streaming grimspound, but so far I would say I liked Return to Ommadawn much more (a really worthy of Oldfield's old 70's masterpieces). Still, I have heard very little music from this year to be able to say this is my favourite album so far this year.
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