OK, so I'm biased! I first discovered Big Big Train via their demo tape 'The Infant Hercules' back in the mists of the previous century. Since then I've bought and enjoyed their several offerings. Unlike most reviewers their last outing, 'The Difference Machine' just didn't do it for me personally - good, but not one to push all the right buttons. However, 'The Underfall Yard' is quite outstanding! It's one of those albums that just gets better and better with each listen.
Greg Spawton and Andy Poole are joined by new vocalist, Dave Longdon who, I must say, does a brilliant job, adding flute as well to give that extra dimension (and a warm feeling for those who still love Genesis!). Nick D'Virgilio (of Spock's Beard fame) takes the drum stool and, of course, does a terrific job. On the contributing musician front BBT have some great contacts to call on, something which gives this album something special: Francis Dunnery (ex. It Bites), Jem Godfrey (Frost*) and Dave Gregory (XTC) all add their own personal talents.
I won't bore you by breaking the CD down track by track but put it into the CD slot, press 'PLAY', sit back and enjoy and .... the amazing thing is it just gets better and better as the album progresses. It opens strongly and, astonishingly, each track hits a new high! There isn't an ugly spot in it - just wonderful melody and harmony. You know, this is a very special album as it basically has everything I need, want, desire, embrace, worship, or simply love/like in terms of music; give it a chance to blossom and shine with all its colours and maybe, who knows, maybe you'll agree and put it up there in your Top 10. I can only entreat you to give it a chance.....
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