BIG BIG TRAIN

(UNITED KINGDOM)

ENGLISH ELECTRIC (PART TWO)

(2013)
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PROGRESSIVE ROCK

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"Beautiful melodies, rich orchestrations, warm voices and vocal harmonies, this "English Electric (Part Two)" brings an auditory pleasure that does not dull over time."
PETER HACKETT (13.04.2013)  
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Only a few months after the release of the first part, Big Big Train delivers us with "English Electric (Part Two)" the second episode of their very English and a little electric diptych. As we can expect with a sequel, the recipe and the ingredients are the same (or about) and it's without surprise that we can start discovering this opus.

Like its predecessor, "English Electric - Part Two" comes in the form of a digipack illustrated with close-ups of rusty beams, containing a booklet that delivers the lyrics and the line-up for each track that composes it. Note that Danny Manners who plays most of the piano and synthesizer parts is no longer credited as a guest, but as a member of the band.

The guest list is once again impressive and almost identical to that of the first part. As the titles of both albums were presumably composed in continuity, there is no radical change of style. The orchestrations are luxurious with a careful arrangement of the numerous singers. Everything is soft, pleasant, restful and we can appreciate this album for its relaxing effects. Instrumental opulence often gives birth to duos, not to say duels, always pleasant : guitar/Hammond, guitar/flute, synthesizer/copper ... David Longdon's singing is always so warm and becomes sumptuous when he is supported by the voices of the other members of the group and the numerous choristers.

If this second part of "English Electric" lacks the sparkling sound that characterized the first part of the diptych, it is not an album to sulk. As long as one is sensitive to the beautiful melodies, the rich orchestrations, the warm voices, the vocal harmonies, this "English Electric (Part Two)" brings an auditory pleasure that does not dull over time, quite the contrary.
- Official website

TRACK LISTING:
01. East Coast Racer - 15:43
02. Swan Hunter - 06:20
03. Worked Out - 07:30
04. Leopards - 03:54
05. Keeper of Abbeys - 06:58
06. The Permanent Way - 08:29
07. Curator of Butterflies - 08:44

LINEUP:
Andy Poole: Chant / Guitares / Basse / Claviers / Piano
Dave Gregory : Guitares / Sitar, Marimba
David Longdon: Chant / Claviers / Flûte, accordéon, banjo, vibraphone, percussions
Gregory Spawton: Chant / Guitares / Basse / Claviers / Mandoline
Nick D'Virgilio: Batterie
Abigail Trundle: Invité / Violoncelle
Andy Tillison: Claviers / Invité
Ben Godfrey: Invité / Cornet
Danny Manners: Basse / Claviers / Invité / Piano
Dave Desmond : Invité / Trombone
Eleanour Gilchrist: Invité / Violon
Geraldine Berreen: Invité / Violon
John Storey: Invité / Tuba, Trombone
Jon Truscott : Invité / Tuba
Lily Adams: Invité / Choeurs
Rachel Hall: Invité / Violon
Simon Godfrey: Invité / Choeurs
Sue Bowran: Invité / Violon
Teresa Whipple: Invité / Alto
Violet Adams: Invité / Choeurs
   
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