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It is easy to identify musical influences like early Genesis, Traffic, Yes and perhaps the historical narratives of Al Stewart. This disc is not a rehash of 70's prog but a continuation and exploration of the form without 'metal' influence prevalent in neo-prog.
While I don't think there is a bad track on the disc, for me the highlights of the are Victorian Brickwork, Winchester Diver and the 23 minute title track The Underfall Yard.
The tight harmonies, compelling lyrics, driving rhythms and deft use of a very English brass section make for a collection that is interesting and enjoyable to listen to.
Take the compositional skills and musical ability found on "Selling England-Wind/Wuthering" and "Yes Album-Relayer", throw in a tad of maybe 71-72 KC and middle period GG, add some of the best bits from a few of the more contemporary "neo-prog" bands (perhaps Anglagard, Porcupine Tree and Spocks Beard[very few best bits found in that cupboard I must say]), add a vocalist that does not sound like a clone of Steve Walsh, James LeBrie or Sully Erna and for good measure throw in Dave Gregory (...makes me think I did not pay enough attention to XTC) and you've got "The Underfall Yard". At least in my 60 year old humble opinion. And I'm not some old pathetic geezer who only listens to Jimmy Buffet and thinks everything released by the Stones since "Exiles" is just wonderful either. I like to be challenged by music and these guys do just that.
This is one of a handful of recordings that I'll listen to until I drop, or at least until full-time senile dementia takes hold and I can't remember where I put my 2,000+ cd collection. It belongs in any proper music collection, not just the ones that belong to 56 year old shut-ins that have every "prog" recording released and still live in their mothers spare bedroom.
While I'm a fan of most sub-genres of prog, this is a work of pure, core prog. It's a "picture in the dictionary" type of work. It's a landmark that will be listened to 30 years from now by hyper-intelligent college kids and old grey prog heads alike. Absolute must buy.
A truly unique , inspired prog band of utmost talent and stellar musicianship.The SOUND of their recordings match the talent.Great dynamic range with no "Brickwalling".
A GREAT recording that will keep you spellbound from :01 to the end.
Do yourself a favor and pick up all 6 available recordings as I did. You will be so happy you did !
Imagine if Mike & The Mechanics made a prog album with Paul Carrack as the singer and they borrowed Van Morrison's horn section...you get the picture. No neo-prog here, just good old fashioned lush song craft with no time constraints.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the best progressive rock albums of the 21st century so far. Reminiscent of the classic greats of prog without being copycats.Published 5 months ago by TooManyGuitars
i was not sure about this album, i had heard The Underfall Yard on Progulus. But, i have to say, this whole album is so good, I found myself wanting to listen to it again and... Read morePublished 22 months ago by David
Much to like here if you are a fan of 70's / 80's progressive rock. Lush, intricate, engaging instrumentals with intelligent lyrics, and vocals reminiscent of early Peter Gabriel. Read morePublished on March 15, 2014 by J. G. Wright
I really miss the 70s era progressive rock and have recently discovered a number of bands that are doing a goood job bringing the genre back. Read morePublished on October 2, 2013 by Amazon Customer
If Peter Gabriel had stayed with Genesis during the "until there were 3" era, it may have gone a little something like this.....Published on July 14, 2013 by Chrys Holmes
I've been listening to Big Big Trains samples for a while and finally bought something. Very glad I did.
Very good production wise, You can hear everything in the mix. Read more
O.K., yes, there are many comparisons and allusions to Gabriel-era Genesis surrounding this band, and that's not a bad thing, but there is way more going on here. Read morePublished on March 20, 2013 by Scott Daly
This is it, the turning point for this great band; Big Big Train's true pinnacle of greatness! This is BBT's 'Dark Side of the Moon' or 'Aqualung'. Read morePublished on March 13, 2013 by Michael Leonard
I thought prog rock died in the 1970s but I was wrong.
This is accessible modern prog rock. Well worth a listen.