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Big Country - The Journey

Number of Discs
1
Release Date
04/30/2013
Artist
Big Country
Format
CD / Album
Label / Studio
MRI
Duration
00:46:10

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Fourteen years after their last album -- and 12 years after the death of their lead singer/songwriter Stuart Adamson -- Big Country reunited to record The Journey. Well, "reunion" may be a bit of a stretch, as the only original members to appear on The Journey are drummer Mark Brzezicki and guitarist Bruce Watson, who are joined by Watson's guitarist son Jamie, bassist Derek Forbes, and Mike Peters, former leader of the Alarm. Unsurprisingly, The Journey often recalls the widescreen vistas of the Alarm, sounding a bit more anthemic and forceful than Big Country, although there are certainly elements of classic BC here. "In a Broken Promise Land" elliptically refers to "In a Big Country," the same song is quoted in a synth line on "The Journey," and "Another Country" has a bit of that E-Bowed guitar roar, too, but where Adamson-era Big Country contained traces of arty new wave flair to offset their earnestness, this is all very serious rock & roll, big-sounding songs about big things. These are Peters signatures and he sounds at home here with the reconstituted Big Country, with everybody on board creating something of a throwback to the super-serious arena rock of the late '80s. It's not fun but it's not meant to be: it's a bunch of lifers in their middle age reconnecting with the things they found important back then. If that only appeals to the diehards, well, there's a reason for that: they're the only other ones who will find this surging alt-arena rock as vital, as necessary as the bandmembers themselves. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

1) In a Broken Promise Land (03:21)
2) The Journey (04:03)
3) After the Flood (03:36)
4) Hurt (03:41)
5) Home of the Brave (04:38)
6) Angels & Promises (03:12)
7) Strong (All Through This Land) (03:47)
8) Last Ship Sails (03:01)
9) Another Country (04:44)
10) Return (03:50)
11) Winter Fire (04:00)
12) Hail & Farewell (04:17)

Album
The Journey
Publisher
Relativity
Main Format
CD
Explicit Lyrics
No
Keyword Index
The Journey | Big Country