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NewEARS Album Of The Month

Big Big Train - Common Ground

"The new album, Common Ground, has all the earmarks of a Big Big Train album—especially in uplifting, poetic, and achingly gorgeous lyrics and the nearly-unmatched vocal harmonies (only Neal Morse uses more intricate ones)—but this album sounds like a very, very different band from its previous incarnations and manifestations. Though inimitable Big Big Train, one hears some surprising influences (or, at the least, parallels in sound, as I hear them) on this album—ranging from Elton John, to some Oceansize, to some Kate Bush, to Yes’s Tormato, to Toto IV, to XTC’s Nonsuch, and, perhaps least surprisingly, to NDV-era Spock’s Beard but also, much more surprisingly, to Morse-era SB. At times, the band even engages in some heavy rock, especially through the guitar. By far, this is the least pastoral album from the band, and while certainly not pop, it does at times—again to this American ear—sound very much like mid- to late-1970’s and early-1980s Album-Oriented Rock." BJB-TPR

"Common Ground is the sound of the core members – Spawton, Longdon, Nick D’Virgilio and Rikard Sjöblom – regrouping, refining and hunkering down, together. With the help of some new faces and trusted sidemen, they’ve distilled the band’s essence and forged some of the best music yet. With its beating heart, massive brain and positive theme, Common Ground is the sound of a band strongly reinvigorated. They retained their nerve through the strangest times, and Big Big Train have rebounded with some of the biggest, best and proggiest music in their catalogue." GM-PM

Essential Track: "Take 'Atlantic Cable', the very-Spawton 15-minute, five-part evocation of the laying of the first telegraph cables across that ocean. As well as furthering the album’s theme (‘Close the distance, bring all together/A world undivided, let mankind be as one’), it ruminates on Man’s interaction with the Earth, and the hard-skilled achievements of engineers. Great Eastern, the ship that laid the cable, was designed by Brunel (he of The Underfall Yard), and gets its own section. The tale is set to washes of sparse, melancholy piano and flute, to upbeat, hard-rocking Moog/Mellotron prog with funky clavinet moments, and a stirring motif. Incoming tour guitarist Dave Foster offers the fastest guitar solo in BBT history on this centrepiece among centrepieces." GM-PM

Read the full reviews on The Prog Report and Prog Magazine.

Listen and watch the videos on YouTube.

In the US, buy the CD from The Band Wagon USA or wherever great Prog music is sold.

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