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  • Audio CD (8 April 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cherry Red
  • ASIN: B00BJKAHNU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
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The aptly titled - The Journey - is released some two years after Big Country embarked on a new era, when guitarist and founder member Bruce Watson officially invited Mike Peters (The Alarm) to join them as lead vocalist for two concerts to celebrate 30 years since the group's formation. Two years of intense and emotional touring followed and as fans and critics alike responded positively and a whole new generation of fans were created, the group, imbued with new energy and passion, performed at many of the UK and Europe's most prestigious festivals, including Isle of Wight, V, T In The Park and Oxygen. The Journey was recorded in the Welsh border town of Wrexham in an old cold war nuclear bunker! With 8-feet thick walls, there was no phone or internet signal and, thus isolated and dis-connected from the outside world, the group were able to enjoy a very productive time in the studio.

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Never mind The Hobbit, here's a truly unexpected Journey. 14 years after their last album and 12 after the death of talismanic frontman Stuart Adamson, Big Country's return could be forgiven for being a damp squib.

Instead, against all odds, this new line-up has managed to deliver a quintessential Big Country album. Those first two classic records are inevitable and welcome starting points. If opener 'In A Broken Promise Land' roams in the wide open spaces of The Crossing, 'Winter Fire' reacquaints fans with the darker industrial shades of Steeltown. Aided by his son Jamie, founder member Bruce Watson recaptures the Celtic guitar sound that later albums lost to America and there's some rambunctious, career-best drumming from a re-energised Mark Brzezicki. The production deserves credit of its own for bringing the latter to the fore like never before.

Elsewhere, 'Strong (All Though This Land)' heads off into The Seer territory, calling to mind 'The Teacher'. Standout track 'Home Of The Brave' starts a fight with the fiercest tracks from The Buffalo Skinners. Lyrical and musical references to the BC of old are abundant throughout the album for trainspotter types to list.

Themes of redemption and fighting back against adversity are key. The Journey sets out to be a euphoric return that celebrates the work of Stuart Adamson rather than be dictated to by his absence. Nowhere is this more evident than on 'Last Ship Sails', an aggressive punk rock number that would normally be more at home on a Skids album.

There are more sombre moments, such as single 'Hurt' and closer 'Hail & Farewell', and although they feel like necessary ingredients given the circumstances, it's the vitality of the uptempo numbers that shines brightest.
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By Samuel TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 April 2013
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Big Country enjoyed massive success in the 1980s, notably with their first album, The Crossing, but sadly the band folded after the death of singer and guitarist Stuart Adamson at the turn of the millennium. They lived on through a series of Rarities albums and occasional bootleg albums released over the next decade, together with a brief reformation as a three piece a few years ago, until old friend of the band Mike Peters, singer with The Alarm, came on board as vocalist at the start of 2011. They've played a series of live dates since that time, both on their own tours and at festivals, and The Journey album, their first in 14 years, is the end product of this time.

From the first few tracks, it's immediately obvious that far from being a pale imitation of the 'old' Big Country, this is something else entirely. As a long-time fan of the band, I was worried that the album would be 'The Crossing-lite', rehashing old themes and styles in a bid to appeal to those who have followed the band for the past 30 years, but instead The Journey, whilst never forgetting the band's roots, is an at times surprisingly punky and rocky mix of old and new.

Several tracks could have been recorded in Adamson's day, and would have stood happily side-by-side with the old material - In a Broken Promised Land, The Journey, Strong, Return and Another Country would have graced a Big Country album of any era. There's the single, the slow and moving Hurt, as well as the other downbeat track on the album, Angels and Promises, originally recorded as a tribute to Stuart Adamson, and re-recorded for The Journey. It's a track guaranteed to be found moving by older fans of the band, with its lyrical references to Chance, one of the singles from The Crossing.
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A brilliant return after a fourteen year gap between new studio albums.
Mike Peters has made a brilliant debut with the band and I hope that this is only the first of many new recordings.
Great production and Mark's drums really sound great in the car and Derek Forbes's bass has never sounded better.
Bruce and Jamie Watson work seamlessly together on guitar and Mike's vocals are some of the best he's ever done.
I am sure that Stuart Adamson would have really loved this album which has been made by people who will always love and remember his music and friendship.
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A brilliant album from the new line-up of Big Country. In place of the late and great Stuart Adamson, Mike Peters (The Alarm) works his magic here. Derek Forbes (Simple Minds) replaces Tony Butler admirably. With Jamie Watson joining his dad Bruce and Mark Brezezicki, the end result is still very identifiable as Big Country. Stand-out tracks for me are 'After The Flood' and 'Return'. You also get nice re-workings of the well received Single 'Another Country' and the Stuart Adamson tribute track 'Angels and Promises'. The album has high production values producing a great studio sound. It takes a new approach of 12 relatively short tracks on a 46 minute album. No epics, but much variety ranging from the ballad and latest Single 'Hurt' to the thrashing 'Last Ship Sails'. There is much to enjoy here, and as a life-long fan, I'm very impressed with it and I highly recommend it to you.
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Having been a fan since the early 80's I was really pleased to hear a few years back that the band were going to be touring again with Mike Peters as their front man. I saw Peters perform an accoustic gig last Novemeber. The man really has got talent. I managed to have a quick chat with him after the show and told him that I was pleased to learn of him joining up with BC (he had just finished a tour with them)and explained that I had bought a ticket to see BC in Bristol but had not been able to get to gig. He was was so at ease and said that he was again collaborating with BC and that they were putting the finishing touches to a new album and intending to tour in 2013. His passion for BC was clearly evidnet. He added that the album would be something special- and was he right!!
I've been hooked since the first play. From the instantly recognisable guitars and drums In A Broken Promise Land to the lyrical reference to a past BC classic in Angels And Promises, this is truly Big Country. It has the distinct sound and feel of a classic BC album. I appreciate some peoples concerns about the band going on without Admamson. I really do. I aggree that he cannot be replaced. However, with Peters holding the microphone previous BC classics can be given a respectful new life that enables younger audiences to learn of the classic past. I think its right that they;ve written and recorded a new album. Not only is it fair to the band members and to Mike, but it would have been criminal to have kept these twelve tracks hidden from any music lover. It really is that good. I dont understand why any fan wouldnt like this album. Fans should never forget the past, but for the sake of preserving the music, we should always move forward. And this album moves forward in true BC style!
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