THIS is what The Stranglers fans have been waiting for for the last twenty years. Big Thing Coming is an awesome slice of music that shows the Meninblack are back! For a start, it SOUNDS like The Stranglers. John Ellis may have been a great guitarist but he wasn't A Stranglers guitarist. With the addition of Baz Warne, the band sound like a band with a hunger again. His enthusiasm when playing live seems to have rubbed off on the rest of the band and it shows as their astonishing live sound is perfectly captured on this record. He kicks off this record with a crisp guitar riff followed by breathy vocals from Paul before it all comes crashing in. JJ's bass sound is back to it's very best and growls like a rottweiler with a migraine. Jet's pounding drums take you back to the days of '5 Minutes' and 'Tank' and to hear Dave's familiar keyboard runs again is like finding a long lost brother and again, takes you back to songs like 'Toiler On The Sea' and (Get a) Grip (On Yourself). As for Paul, he's always had a brilliant voice and his singing on this record should finally give him the credit he deserves. He uses his great vocal range with superb ability and stamps his authority from start to finish with a confidence and swagger never seen before. His vocal rendition of 'Peaches 2004' finally erases the ghost of Hugh Cornwell once and for all and the song sounds fresher than it ever did. There are two live songs included here, 'I Don't Agree' (Which, if there's any justice in this world, should be released as a single in it's own right) and the atmospheric and 'Doors' sounding 'Tucker's grave', already a live favourite amongst the fans and they wet your appetite for the forthcoming album 'Norfolk Coast'. At the end of the day, this is the sound of a totally refreshed and hungry band firing on all (five!) cylinders, showing the rest of the world that they're not finished yet. The Stranglers have delivered an astounding comeback single and it's been more than worth the twenty year wait. Hear it, buy it, play it, tell everyone about this record. Look over your shoulder, there's a big thing coming, it's called The Stranglers.
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