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The Seer

16 Feb 2014 | Format: MP3

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  • Label: Virgin EMI
  • Copyright: (C) 1996 Mercury Records Limited
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  • Total Length: 1:07:07
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  • ASIN: B001SMSFYW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,062 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By C. Jannuzi on 20 Dec 2001
Format: Audio CD
This mid-80s album from one of the greatest rock bands of all time is not typical mid-80s radio fodder, though apparently it did get some UK radio play (my perspective is from the US where everyone thinks of BC as one-hit wonders--how sad).
Less hard rock than the awesome Steeltown which precedes it, this is still great rock music with a message.
On this l.p. BC takes on more conventional song writing, but there is a transcendence here that you find in few other commercially successful groups (Style Council, Simple Minds come to mind). Great e-bow work makes you think you hear keyboards when you don't.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. S. Marlay on 30 Jun 2010
Format: Audio CD
After the darkness and social commentary of their second album, `Steeltown', the Bigs returned in 1986 with a set full of soaring majestic romance, Boys Own adventure, soldiers, witches, heroes and tales of the high seas - all polished up with the pop sensibilities that were evident on their 1983 debut, `The Crossing'.

Dumping their two album partnership with Steve Lillywhite for Robin Millar, who had produced the glossy dance pop beats of Sade, Everything but the Girl and Fine Young Cannibals, this third outing takes on a more immediate sound than its predecessors with a slick, pop rock sheen. As a result, `The Seer' is a much brasher, more commercially minded work than they were.

As an overall set, the songs are also far more immediately accessible than on the first two albums and more determinedly upbeat in approach. And Adamson's poetic lyrics are sumptuous. The opening single, `Look Away' is a rollicking rock track about a man on the run after committing a murder, desperately trying to retain the trust of his woman and convince her to ignore the stories she will hear about him. There is Wild West undertone to this that finds its perfect sonic partner in the third track, `The Teacher', about a young man's first love. In between, Kate Bush provides haunting backing vocals to the title track, an epic Celtic journey through the visions of rape and pillage foretold by a Seer who "washed her hair among the stones".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Graeme on 24 Oct 2009
Format: Audio CD
Released in 1986, this was Big Country's third album after 'The Crossing' and 'Steeltown', BC maintained the high quality of their first two albums, and as such this proves that BC were a genuinely talented band and were no flash in the pan.

Whilst there are no bad songs on this, the first seven tracks are a feast of musical excellence, especially the big drummed 'Look Away' (BC's biggest hit single) The beautiful seering 'Eiledon', the catchy anthemic 'One Great Thing' and the brooding ballad 'Hold The Heart'. Other highlights IMO are 'The Sailor' and 'Song Of The South'.

Whilst this is a good album, I don't like it quite as much as 'Steeltown' which proceeded it. It feels more commercial and like a collection of singles rather than a coherent album. However it is certainly worthy of five stars.

This album has a distinctly mid-80s feel to it, which may or may not be a good thing depending on your point of view. Overall one of Big Country's best works.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Sep 2001
Format: Audio CD
After a slight dip in form on the ponderous Steeltown, Big Country are back to their best on The Seer. Like The Crossing, this album moves along briskly, with hardly a pause for breath on the first four tracks. The subject of each song is always fascinating, like the mysterious Eiledon, or the end of war (One Great Thing). And there's always a line or two that really hits the spot - We can stand where legend stands If I walk the hill. Two of the four extra tracks are fancy re-mixes of what has gone earlier... while Song of the South and Giant, an instrumental, are definitely worth including.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Williamson on 24 Dec 1999
Format: Audio CD
This CD has the hits,Look Away,The Teacher and One Great Thing but it also has some excellent tracks like the wonderful Eiledon and The Seer with Kate Bush,in all there`s not a bad track on here. One to buy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keith Plant on 14 Jun 2014
Format: MP3 Download
Big Country's third album might possibly be their best! In the plus column is that it features probably the best collection of tracks that they ever put together with some storming performances and some slick production values. In the negative column one would have to put two things. Three albums in this lacks originality that made 'The Crossing' so compelling as an album. It also it lacks the number of standout classic tracks that album did. However, that aside this feels the most complete album that Big Country ever produced. Certainly there are some standout songs particularly a great opening track in 'Look away', the title track and 'Eiledon'. The album also boasts one of the best slower songs that Big Country ever produced in 'Hold the heart and a great closing track in 'Sailor'. As an album this was certainly much closer to what fans might have been expecting from the second album as the change of style on 'Steeltown' was undoubtedly too much of a surprise for many (much as I like that album). As such this is a very satisfying collection of songs from a band that pioneered a unique sound that found its ultimate expression in this album. All in all a truly great album!
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