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Big Big Train


Crossover Prog

4.17 | 762 ratings

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Marty McFly
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5 stars Beware of this big (big) train robbery (more like proggery), because this album is quite a trickster, you know ? (actually you don't know yet, because you'll be mostly people who'll read this review without knowing the album, that this review should help you decide. Uh oh, responsibility, you

Let's state few things that annoys me. Very first seconds of first track, this "vocal intro". Then most parts of second track, these multiple vocals doesn't work for me here. And finally, artwork. It looks like some communist propaganda picture. And another thing, first two tracks, so roughly first 1/6 (but it weights) seems like worse (I would say side, but it's just one sixth). Then third track is better, but still, not so good. And then it gets only better.

There are also positives. Last three tracks, mostly very last one (which is truly masterpiece). Is it possible that it clouded mind of some into giving 5-star rating, just because they were so much influenced by this track ? I've been listening this last few days, but now, I had to play it again. But OK, the bigger part I'm talking about has a lot of things. Melody, multi-layered structure.

Any many more things that you'll find in other reviews. But I'm here today to talk about magic. The last part has it and I'm sure that a lot of these people sensed it too. On some maybe, it works more, but for sure it works. Magic and beauty, this music is far from being wild and aggressive (there isn't a spot being ugly, just melody and harmony).

5(+) and I feel tempted a lot to give more. EDIT Let's stop being silly. This is a good album. Even I would find myself in situation where I will hate it, still, it would be nonsense (against my beliefs) to give it 1-star. And I like it, so it should be better. It's strange situation. After words by Brian (Slartibartfast) I gave it a chance. And I was pleased. Very weird, because I do not usually change my opinions so quickly and so often. Something is wrong here. Perhaps my presumption that I don't like the vocals. So I told myself to try to enjoy them. And so I did and was happy. This is easy guide how to be happy guys and girls, just say it and do it. And be.

Solid very special album, as it basically has everything I need, want, desire, embrace, worship, or simply love/like. And it even works, I'm enjoying it. Let it give a chance to blossom and shine with all colors and maybe, who knows, maybe masterpiece rating.

EDIT 2 (March 2010) - the best mark, because this album always pleases, treat and raises me, my mood and my thoughts. It's true gem.

EDIT 3 (April 2010) - one of the best albums of recent months.

Marty McFly | 5/5 |


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