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Since learning of the untimely death of Stuart Adamson, I have been listening to their music more than ever and realise that GREAT music never sounds dated.
Steeltown - Superb!
Lead singer and guitarist, Stuart Adamson's lyrics are more developed and poetic on `Steeltown', telegraphing that he had very serious intentions for this band, which went far beyond the gimmick of their guitar sound. In grand imagery, the soaring hard rock attack of the opening track, `Flame of the West', tells the tale of a visit by a rich politician or industrialist (US movie star President, Ronald Reagan?), to the impoverished mining towns. Adamson sets the tone for the album here - it is working class outrage. The slower, dirgier second track, `East of Eden', is beautiful and angry, as he takes on the part of a worker in the modern industrial machine ("I looked west in search of freedom and I saw slavery, I looked east in search of answers and I saw misery").Read more ›
Where the Rose is Sown is a truly great song. Just can't understand people who think it was one of the weakest BC singles
This and The Crossing are a great introduction to the most underrated band of the past 20 years - RIP Stuart Adamson.
The late Adamson's lyrics are intelligent and thought provoking and he has an amazing voice, doing his own harmonies along the way. To think that the guy also does some of the main guitar lines as well just goes to show what talent he really had.
So put all the misconceptions to one side and give this album a listen - you won't regret it.
Released at a turning point in popular music - when people's tastes were just starting to move away from guitar towards electronics, "Steeltown" has an unusual sound - metallic, dense and dark. Thematically it's a mix of wartime nostalgia (possibly brought on by the threat of nuclear war at the time?) and industrial. Lyrically, this is the band's Closer: "Why care about the weather, it always ends in dark" [from "East of Eden"] or "It's just a shadow of the man you should be, like a garden in the forest that the world will never see, you have no thought of answers only questions to be filled, and it feels like hell" ["Just a Shadow"]. I remember digging out "Steeltown" after hearing about Stuart Adamson's suicide in 2001 (not having played the LP in many years) and reflecting that (not unlike the surviving members of Joy Division on deciphering Ian Curtis's lyrics) that it was perhaps, in this context, no surprise that he had gone on to take own life.Read more ›
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One of Big Country's finer moments! Some great songs on this album, 'Where the Rose Is Sown' being one of many. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Brian Rous
I found this album through an article interviewing James Dean Bradfield of Manic Street Preachers, and it asked what his '10 Favourite Albums Ever,' were, so I decided to check... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Blew1
This is probably my favourie album, as it has been since I first heard it, on vinyl, way back in 1984. I have listened to so much music over the years but I keep returning to it. Read morePublished 7 months ago by R. L. Garside
One of the most criminally underrated and under appreciated bands of the 1980s. Big Country are surely due a reappraisal.Published 15 months ago by Richard Bye