British BIG BIG TRAIN has been around since 1990 and album releases have seen the light of day since 1991. This is, I think, the 15th studio album to date and they still deliver high quality progressive rock with folky elements.
The line-up of this cool band is: NICK D’VIRGILIO, GREG SPAWTON, DANNY MANNERS, RIKARD SJÖBLOM (from BEARDFISH), DAVID LONGDON, RACHEL HALL and DAVE GREGORY.
I’ll admit I haven’t kept track of all albums after the 90’s, so I was a bit surprised to hear that a lot of songs are quite soft. Don’t be scared off though, since there are many goodies to be found in the light tunes as well. For example lots of PETER GABRIEL in “Roman stone”, and this is thanks to both the song and the lead vocals. Another fine example is “The Florentine” which makes me think of ALAN PARSONS PROJECT mixed with some early GENESIS.
“Pantheon” is an instrumental piece that sounds like from a slightly psychedelic film score, with a number of mystic themes. Very cool!
Some neo-progressive moments are indeed found as well, like the nice and rather bombastic chorus in “Alive” that makes me think of for example IQ. This is something that I would personally have liked more of. More drama and more edge in the arrangements. Still, the band are great musicians and take us on a very moodful journey. I will keep better track of BIG BIG TRAIN from now on.