Artist/ Band: Big Big Train
Title: Gathering Speed
Label: Self release
Year of Release: 2004

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The Review:

I seem to recall that Big Big Train was to have disbanded after Bard but much to my surprise they returned with a fourth album entitled Gathering Speed. Seems that the English progressive rock band Big Big Train regroups with a new singer and a renewed vigor. I thought Bard was rather a slow prodding disc and I soon gave it to a friend that was a fan. I was figuiring I'd be giving this one away as well but upon listening to Gathering Speed that soon changed. I believe this may be in many ways Gathering Speed ushered in a new chapter of Big Big Train.

And yes they do trod down paths previously covered by other neo-prog bands and bring nothing new to the musical table but who cares! They are well written songs with memorable & catchy melodies and in my opinion, they are a good band to introduce your non progger friends to, especially the ones that donít like heavy styled music.

Gathering Speed is a concept album; the story is set in the summer of 1940 and it is about a fighter pilot whose Spitfire is shot down during a combat patrol. The lyrical concept deals with the personal experiences of that fighter.

I must admit Iím a sucker for conceptual releases especially ones that are focused and donít drift. Gathering Speed is a solid, understandable story from beginning to end.

Reviewed by Ron Fuchs on June 16th, 2004


1. High Tide, Last Stand
2. Fighter Command
3. The Road Much Further On
4. Sky Flying On Fire
5. Pell Mell
6. Powder Monkey
7. Gathering Speed

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