ARTIST:

BIG BIG TRAIN

(UNITED KINGDOM)
TITLE:

COMMON GROUND

(2021)
LABEL:

GIANT ELECTRIC PEA

GENRE:

PROGRESSIVE ROCK

TAGS:
Epic, Folk, Happy
"Full of feeling and melody, this new opus of the English of Big Big Train is a candidate for the ranking of the most outstanding albums of the genre of the year 2021."
DARIALYS (22.09.2021)  
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Big Big Train has become a reference of the English progressive rock. Born at the beginning of the 90s, the band is very close to blowing its thirtieth candle. And what could be better than to release a new album to celebrate this beautiful longevity?

"Common Ground" is the thirteenth opus of the British band. And the least we can say is that this album will have been a source of renewal for the band which will have separated from several of its members before its realization: Rachel Hall (violin), Dave Gregory (guitar) as well as Danny Manners (keyboards). However, it is a real feeling of cohesion which emerges throughout the listening of the album so much the various parts are perfectly connected and the cogs oiled.

The record starts in the most beautiful way with 'The Strangest Times' which seems to be the soundtrack of pure happiness. The title provokes a real state of generalized ecstasy and will certainly be part of the leading titles of the year 2021, notably thanks to a chorus carried by a brilliant piano full of spirit. This pop and accessible side is confirmed on tracks like the very good 'Dandelion Clock', more restrained and more subtle, but just as tasty. The eponymous track also confirms the band's ability to write concise and successful pieces, thanks to a sharpened sense of melody.

However, the amateurs of convoluted progressive are not left out. 'Atlantic Cables' and its 15 minutes seems to be the best track to illustrate this and offers a real sound ballad without ever seeming too long. The track likes to alternate the atmospheres. With beautiful choirs, inspired keyboards and lead guitars and more technical passages, this epic lacks nothing to convince. In a similar register, 'Black With Ink' also stands out, crossing the atmospheres without any hindrance, gratifying us with some beautiful progressive finds.

As much melodic and accessible as progressive and technical, this "Common Ground" seems to have found the perfect balance between two worlds with sometimes contradictory characteristics. Full of feeling and melody, this ultimate opus of Big Big Train is a candidate for the ranking of the most outstanding albums of the genre of the year 2021.


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TRACK LISTING:
01. The Strangest Times
02. All The Love We Can Give
03. Black With Ink
04. Dandelion Clock
05. Headwaters
06. Apollo
07. Common Ground
08. Atlantic Cable
09. Endnotes

LINEUP:
David Longdon: Chant / Flûte
Greg Spawton: Basse
Nick D’Virgilio: Batterie
Rikard Sjöblom: Guitares / Claviers
Carly Bryant: Chant / Guitares / Claviers / Invité
Clare Lindley: Chant / Invité / Violon
Dave Foster : Guitares / Invité
   
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CORTO1809
22/09/2021
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S’il ne réinvente pas son rock progressif, Big Big Train reste une valeur sûre, délivrant son lot de mélodies ciselées et impeccablement exécutées.
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