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Big Big Train


Crossover Prog

4.21 | 1097 ratings

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2 stars Hey guys! Once there was a Brit-prog band named GENESIS , if you like BBT youīll flip upside down with them. Some of the band members are still around. Maybe you have heard of one of them Steve Hackett, Mike Rutherford, Tony Banks, Phill Collins and Peter Gabriel; back then he was the vocalist and main composer of that ensemble. He absorved all the mystic ghosts that haunt his birthland; which by the way was England. Trumpets, kings and all that shit; brought to modern times. Intelligent surreal stories with the famous conspiracy-like voice, in "off" (the same as Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson; it runs in the "Brits", blood) and the music compositions, if not overwhelming, were very original in language and structure. .... It was not their virtuosity neither, ( of course they were no punk-rockers!) it had to do with the creative rush of breaking-ground for the first time, that kind of rare and unique rush. BBT; however well trained in their instruments as they are, fall in the the everlasting conflict of any composer who still hasn't found his own language; being both: original and sublime. Problem is, that the original parts are not original and the sublime is not their own. I dislike imitators, tributers or whatever you want to call the kind, that sounds like someone else, who was there before, in time. Without any kind of regards whatsoever; or the now famous "my influences" cheap-talk. I donīt think there is a creative shortage in composition (to me thatīs what prog is all about) as to praise this kind,(seriously!). Wake up!! and listen to GENESIS first albums. In that direction you may also encounter another band; their name is or was (no one still knows) King Crimson start easy, go for the "Lizard" album. Donīt settle for less this will make BBT (if lucky) find their own route. Remember: "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway"; it still does and it will be like that, it seems for a long time. 2 PA stars
admireArt | 2/5 |


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