The Journey

The Journey

by Big CountryBig Country

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Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/16/2013
Label: Cherry Red
UPC: 5013929156630
catalogNumber: 2915663
Rank: 95209

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Big Country   Primary Artist
Mark Brzezicki   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Derek Forbes   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Theremin,Background Vocals
Mike Peters   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Bruce Watson   Guitar,E-bow,Stylophone,Vacuum Cleaner
Jamie Watson   Guitar,Mandolin,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Big Country   Producer
Mark Brzezicki   Composer
Derek Forbes   Composer
Mike Peters   Composer
Bruce Watson   Composer
Jamie Watson   Composer
Andrea Wright   Engineer
Tom Vitorino   Management
Jake Andrade   Cover Design,Management
Helen Lonsdale-Robinson   Sleeve Design

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