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Big Big Train - The Second Brightest Star album review

Album Review

Greg Spawton and Big Big Train dazzle with songs old and new

There are few greater delights than driving through the English countryside on a summer’s day with Big Big Train on full blast. Their music shines with full‑hearted fervour. Perhaps it was an awareness of this that led David Longdon, Greg Spawton and co to drop this unexpected delight around the summer solstice. ‘Unexpected’ since most of us were still reeling from the mythic magic of April’s Grimspound, the companion piece to the profound and gigantic Folklore.

Releasing album after album is typically a bad sign, but Big Big Train have torn up the rule book. …Brightest Star shines gloriously, casting light on the journey so far, guiding the listener into new territory and giving us all the melody, bombast and nostalgia we’ve grown to expect.

Thematically, this new offering is a grand farewell.


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