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The Underfall Yard

by Big Big Train

Progressive rock
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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1. Evening Star
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2. Master James of St George
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3. Victorian Brickwork
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4. Last Train
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5. Winchester Diver
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6. The Underfall Yard
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The Underfall Yard is the sixth album from English progressive rock band Big Big Train and follows on from their highly acclaimed The Difference Machine album (2007)

The Underfall Yard contains the band’s most ambitious and finely-crafted songs to date and is the first to feature new singer David Longdon.

Once again the band are joined on drums by Nick D’Virgilio (Spock’s Beard, Tears For Fears, Genesis) and new passengers on this particular journey include Dave Gregory (XTC, Peter Gabriel), Francis Dunnery (It Bites) and Jem Godfrey (Frost*). The album was mixed by Rob Aubrey (IQ, Transatlantic, Asia)

In recent years Big Big Train have released a number of critically lauded albums, quietly building a dedicated following for their unique style of progressive rock. Big Big Train are a truly progressive band, creating new music which looks towards the horizon. The Underfall Yard is their emotionally charged masterpiece, packed with dramatic, anthemic passages and heart stopping moments.

The Underfall Yard is a collection of songs which tell stories, some old and some new. You will travel through tunnels made by the great Victorian engineers in England’s chalkhills, hear the mournful laments of coastal villages lost to the sea on storm-filled nights; you will meet the grand architect of castles. And have you heard the tale of the man who saved a great cathedral from collapse by diving under its flooded foundations? It is all here on The Underfall Yard.

The Underfall Yard can be compared with the best albums of the classic prog period by Genesis, PFM, King Crimson and Yes. Big Big Train are also influenced by alternative artists such as Mew, Sigur Ros, The Cure and Oceansize and draw inspiration from English folk and pop music including bands like XTC, The Beatles and Prefab Sprout.


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EDub

Everything old is new again
I bought this VERY late in the year. I was actually going to hold off, but heard everybody just buzzing about it, so I took a leap of faith and bought it from this very site. This disc leapfrogged the likes of Transatlantic, Riverside and IQ for best disc of the year. If I may go a bit further, this could be the decade's best CD. Very reminiscent of Gabriel/Hackett era Genesis. Beautifully crafted progressive music and (much like the previous reviewer) there was none better in 2009!

FLU

Brilliant prog
This is at the top of my 2009 best of list, passing Porcupine Tree, Gazpacho, and Transatlantic. Strong Genesis and Yes influences, especially on the vocals, and even some Crimson (Lizard/Islands) with the brass. The vocals are a giant leap forward from previous BBT cd's, and the drums/bass and guest guitars are amazing. It takes a few listens to 'get it' like all great prog, but this one is creating quite a well-deserved stir amongst reviewers. Enjoy this one! There was none better in 2009?