I loved Crazy Clown Time, it was brash, inventive, intensely theatrical and full of humour both dark and light.
The Big Dream is a worthy companion, even slightly surpassing it's predecessor in some ways, but certainly adding to the Lynch Lexicon.
Don't try and pick out individual tracks, this is not an album of "singles" this is a long running slow burning musical montage, except the Ballad of Hollis Brown, which is kooky when you think of where it came from and feels a little out of place here.
Lynch continues with his music where he left off with his films and is moving forward in his art. He seems to be breaking down experiences, events, people, places and then reassembling them in his own lop sided style.
If you imagine leaning back on a chair until you are just about to tumble backwards into the void, nervous of where you may be going but extremely confident of where you are, that is where I think Mr. Lynch is now. It feels like a very similar place to where Bowie was in 1977 and Scott Walker was in 2006 before The Drift cemented him in some form of artistic journey (what? I wouldn't know).
Where Bowie and Walker though have an edgy, nervy thematic and emotional violence to them, Lynch has a calm and charismatic descent in mind, a slow motion fall that could last a life time.
Just lean back on the chair, let the music flow over you and trust that Mr. Lynch is in control and knows what he is doing. It's a very fine ride indeed.
PS - Buy the double album (there's a nice surprise in their too), it is a richly textured mix and has peaked and troughs that are flattened out by MP3 and CD. Mr. Lynch is definitely a connoisseur of the vinyl arts.