Sunday 27 October 2019
Big Big Train - Folklore (2016)
The ninth album from this British band.
The band has expanded to eight members on this album with a lineup of guitars, bass, drums, percussion, keyboards, synths, piano, cello, viola, violin, accordion, mandolin, flute and vocals.
Big Big Train also had help from a full set of woodwind players too.
The quality of their latest output has been impressive and I had hopes for this album too.
There is a slight, more than a slight influence of folk rock on this album. This on the top of the normal fare from this album.
That is..... symphonic prog with a mix of Yes and Genesis. The vocals reminds me a lot about Peter Gabriel and Genesis. The music is mostly more complex than Genesis ever was.
The music is pretty pastoral throughout these seventy minutes. There is no big bangs here. Yes, there is a folk rock feel here.
The great vocals is a big plus here. They have also managed to get a very good song here too. The four minutes Salisbury Giant is a very good song.
The rest of the material, although good, is not as remarkable.
This is indeed a good album and one to really include in a prog rock collection. It is not their best album, though.