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    Posted: December 11 2012 at 13:50
I must admit I was underwhelmed by Underfall Yard, but English Electric really is a good album. I can't say I play it much though - I think you have to be in a certain mood for it.
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EE Part 2 arrived in post today.
 
Listening to it now...first track a 15min epic ! Smile
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English Electric Part Two is also available right now on their bandcamp page http://bigbigtrain.bandcamp.com/ 
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can't wait to hear the difference machine.  I was blown away when I first heard these guys! how can music like this go unnoticed in the world?!Cry
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^ The Difference Machine is what hooked me. Even their old material is fabulous. Check it all out!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Roj Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 04 2013 at 02:39
Originally posted by richardh

After about 5 listens I'm still not sure how good it is. The opening track is a gem but there seems to be a lot that is a bit ho hum. The end bit is genius but I'm not feeling as enchanted by it as others seem to be. Not bad though.



My view is something like this.

EE1 is a very good album but for me the material is not as strong as The Underfall Yard and certainly not as strong as the Far Skies Deep Time ep which I think is their best release.  Incidentally even though it's classed as an ep it's longer than some full-length albums (approx 43 mins).
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Morsenator Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 04 2013 at 03:07
Originally posted by Roj

Originally posted by richardh

After about 5 listens I'm still not sure how good it is. The opening track is a gem but there seems to be a lot that is a bit ho hum. The end bit is genius but I'm not feeling as enchanted by it as others seem to be. Not bad though.



My view is something like this.

EE1 is a very good album but for me the material is not as strong as The Underfall Yard and certainly not as strong as the Far Skies Deep Time ep which I think is their best release.  Incidentally even though it's classed as an ep it's longer than some full-length albums (approx 43 mins).
 
Far Skies Deep Time is also my favourite, from those I've heard. The Wide Open Sea is an amazing epic. Liked EE1 a lot but I don't think it's truly a masterpiece (although The First Rebreather really is a modern classic). The Underfall Yard didn't doo much for me, although I do think it's good as well. Just had a first listen of EE2 yesterday via bandcamp, sounded promising but I can't decide yet how much I like it. 
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EE2 is a thing of beauty.

Played it 6 times now and I'm still picking up new things that bring joy to the heart.

Looks like they have a lot on the go for the next year or so which is great news!

Next comes English Electric Full Power - combining the 2 albums, with a different running order and 3 new tracks which will also be available as an EP.

Then comes Station Masters, a triple album of re-recordings of old material. Really pleased about that because there is some great stuff on earlier albums some of which (for me) never quite comes alive, and having the new contributors get their teeth into them, adding David Longdon's vocals, the violins and brass sections that have sprouted in recent times, and that extra touch of smoothness and maturity, will be superb.

Plus they are already recording their next studio album of new material which is slated for release in 2015.

(There - that's my 1st post....)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Gerinski Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 04 2013 at 07:26
Originally posted by Roj


My view is something like this.

EE1 is a very good album but for me the material is not as strong as The Underfall Yard

Ditto, I feel the same way

Originally posted by Roj

and certainly not as strong as the Far Skies Deep Time ep which I think is their best release.  Incidentally even though it's classed as an ep it's longer than some full-length albums (approx 43 mins).
I'l have to get that one, one more in my endless 'want list' Unhappy
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Just listened to EE2. Very beautiful. I don't think anything will touch EE1 at this point though.
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Did I read correctly that guitarist Dave Gregory is not on EE2?
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No, he's on it.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Slartibartfast Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 05 2013 at 19:58
I really appreciate getting a try out on streaming at bandcamp.  I'll be getting a hard copy before too long.

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Originally posted by Mr. Mustard

Just listened to EE2. Very beautiful. I don't think anything will touch EE1 at this point though.


EE1 is near unbeatable. It's a hard album to approach in that regard. I've listened all the way through four times, and am in agreement that EE1 edges it (and probably everything else) but I still think EE2 is brilliant.
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I rate them equally but think Danny Manners' piano adds an extra touch that was not on EE1. Both magnificent albums.
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I am listening EE2 for the fourth time now. I would rate EE1 5 stars and I think I would give EE2 4.5 stars (may become 5, it's still growing on me). And the sum is even more than the separated parts.
 
Originally posted by Steven in Atlanta

Did I read correctly that guitarist Dave Gregory is not on EE2?

The line-up list on PA is incomplete. Both Dave Gregory and Danny Manners should be included.
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EE2 is a darker, edgier album than EE1. More presence of Dave Gregory guitar and beatiful piano work by Manners.

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After my 6th listen I can safely say this is just as good as EE1. The highlight for me is 'East Coast Racer,' but the crazy  part is everything else is just as good. I definitely appreciate the piano work and the reprises of 'Summoned By Bells' and 'Hedgerow,' which were my favorite two tracks from the last album.
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Still don't get it.
Bigger on the inside.
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Amazingly I heard Hedgerow played on Radio 2 yesterday! World domination next!
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