S. Roberts

Helpful votes received on reviews: 94% (44 of 47)
Location: Worcester, United Kingdom


Top Reviewer Ranking: 223,567 - Total Helpful Votes: 44 of 47
Dimensionaut ~ Sound of Contact
Dimensionaut ~ Sound of Contact
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Album of the year?, 26 Sep 2013
Wow. Where do I start? This album really has it all - strong melodies, memorable hooks, top notch musicianship, drama, beauty. I saw the last half of their show supporting Spock's Beard (wish I'd arrived earlier now!) but it was when the friend I went with told me he'd bought the CD and how good it was I bought a copy for myself. I have barely stopped playing it in the weeks since - it is a magnificent achievement. You can hear the passion for the music in every song - it clearly has been a labour of love for these guys and it shows. I must admit the presence of Mr C Jr was a draw initially, and the drumming throughout is impeccable, but it is a band album and everyone concerned should be… Read more
English Electric Part 2 ~ Big Big Train
English Electric Part 2 ~ Big Big Train
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I think it's their best, 27 April 2013
Some pretty mixed comments on here for this release which is fair enough - each to their own and all that. I guess it at least partly depends on what other music you like and where you are coming from musically. I have pretty broad tastes but for me this is their strongest work, being both excellently played and well-written. I think all the musicians are on fine form and East Coast Racer is totally mesmerising - I can't stop playing it. This is the first BBT CD that I want to play over and over, as I needed to be in the right frame of mind to really get into the others. A firm 5 stars from me.
Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep (Limited Editi&hellip ~ Spock's Beard
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
I must admit I was worried on hearing of former singer/drummer Nick D'Virgilio's departure as he was a major draw for me in the band. While I'm still sorry to see him go I have to say this album is brilliant. It is somehow accessible but still rammed with interesting sounds and compositions and sounds great even on first listen. Repeated listens throws up more depths to the music and I think the guys have done themselves proud. The only minor fly in the ointment for me is the repeated Gentle Giant-sequence harmony vocal section that makes an appearance on all their albums which I know some people love but makes me want to skip the entire track, even though much of it is still good. Still,… Read more