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This review is from: The Journey (Audio CD)
I wanted to make sure I didn't rush into reviewing this album as Big Country have been such an important band to me, I wanted to fully digest the album first.
I had my doubts about this latest incarnation of Big Country as the 3 piece revival a few years back that to be honest sounded awful. However, after seeing the 5 piece line-up live with Jamie Watson and Mike Peters I was very impressed. The news that Tony Butler had left was a surprise but Derek Forbes is a very competent replacement. The big question though was could a Big Country with only 2 original members left deliver a new album that had the intrinsic sound and atmosphere of the original band but be modern enough not to sound like a tribute act? The answer for me is an overwhelming "yes". This album is pure quality from start to finish with 12 wonderful songs that have Big Country stamped firmly right through them. I would go so far as to say that this offering can stand up against The Crossing and The Seer and is a far stronger album than their last one with Stuart which is not bad but sounds like a band that has run out of ideas.
I will not get into individual songs here only to say this album has something for all Big Country fans to enthuse over, the big anthemic sounds, the intricate stirring guitars, the hope and passion of a band revelling in the beauty of music.
This album is a must for those of us who thought Big Country were dead when the late, great Stuart Adamson died.