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Big Big Train


Crossover Prog

4.19 | 1076 ratings

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5 stars Great scott! I could not imagine such a glorious comeback right after the magnificent " the Underfall Yard". After one spin it's the instant classic!

From the very first track "The First Rebreather" shows a perfect synergy of sounds. A medium tempo grand opening. Very majestic. Love it from the first listen. Second track "Uncle Jack" sounds quite folkish- with twists of course. Great track that is very well shows their root and versatility. The third and fifth are my personal favorite "Winchester from St Giles' Hill" and "Summoned By Bells". Love the grand concert feel which blend perfectly with modern instruments. The melodies are truly beautiful. I have no word to tell. One cannot simply describe the beauty of Monet, right?

The forth and the sixth "Judas Unrepentant" and "Upton Heath" are also strong tracks. Judas is a bit more uplifting and uptempo. A little more heavy with great orchestra in the mid section. I would say it's quite a Neal Morse-ish. Love the major key, btw. Upton is a cool song. Warm and sweet. Feels like a journey home. Seventh track "A Boy in Darkness" is a bit harder to describe. A power symphony with underground post-rock and jazz influence perhaps. Very nice nevertheless. Lastly "Hedgerow" a powerful mid tempo grand finale. Variety and beautiful. Another of my favorites.

Overall recording and mixing are sublime. Great musicianship. Exceptional quality CD. I would recommend this album to anyone, especially Symphonic Prog fan- you should not miss this one. Truly great album. Is it possible to give 6 stars?

Jadittir | 5/5 |


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