Big Big Train – English Electric (Part One)
English Electric: was a British industrial manufacturer. Founded in 1918, it initially specialised in industrial electric motors and transformers. Its activities would expand to include railway locomotives and traction equipment, steam turbines, consumer electronics, guided missiles, aircraft and computers. Big Big Train present us with eight new songs. It take us on a journey through the English landscape, from the mining towns of the north to the chalk hills of the south.
Along the way, extraordinary tales are told of inland navigators, art-forgers, miners and men of industry.Stories of people who dream of the daylight but are given up to the depths.
English Electric is a celebration of the people that work on, and under, the land and who made the hedges and the fields, the docks, the towns and the cities.
‘English Electric (Part One)’ is a joy from beginning to end.
Having appeared as a guest on their last release drummer Nick D’Virgilio (formerly Spock’s Beard) is now a permanent member. On English Electric, Big Big Train, with special guest musicians including Andy Tillison (The Tangent), Louis Philippe, Rachel Hall (Stackridge), Danny Manners (Robert Wyatt, Cathal Coughlan), are joined by a brass band and string quartet.
This album has a big rich sound with overwhelming nuances. Great songwriting and craftmenship and wonderfull harmonies. The first feeling i’ve got was that it had a sound that was familiar.
Old genesis came into mind but that would sell these guys short. This is wihout a doubt 2012 best album. The First Rebreather blew my mind a way. And that was the perfect setting for the rest of the album.
- The First rebreather
- Winchester from ST Giles Hill
- A Boy in Darkness
Ron “thedoorwaymaster” Vermulst
English Electric Part One will be followed by English Electric Part Two in March 2013.