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“The past is a foreign country,” sings Mike Peters at the start of The Journey, Big Country’s first studio album in 14 years. Coming to terms with days gone by is the album’s central theme; the songs recall the anthemic strains of the band’s ‘80s heyday. New vocalist Peters (formerly of The Alarm), founding guitarist Bruce Watson, and longtime drummer Mark Brzezicki anchor Big Country's latest incarnation. Collectively they acknowledge the influence of original lead singer Stuart Adamson, who died in 2001, with heroic yet tender lyrics and bracing, muscular arrangements. Songs such as “In a Broken Promise Land,” “After the Flood," and “Another Country” are driven by urgent guitars and tumbling percussion. “Winter Fire” expands the sound to achieve a prog-rock grandeur. Peters’ presence is felt in the melodic pop buoyancy of “Strong (All Through This Land)" and the title track. “Last Ship Sails” captures a volatile punk energy, contrasting with the ruminating balladry of “Hurt.” The album culminates with “Hail & Farewell,” wrapping the song’s bittersweet lyrics in stirring Celtic bagpipe tones.

Customer Reviews

the journey

Impossible to replace the great Stuart Adamson-but once you get past that- this album rocks solid like everything the BC and Alarm ever created.

Big Country Lives

Saw them last night in Dallas and this is no group grasping at straws or riding on nostalgia. Of course, outside of a few people like me (who had both the red and blue versions of The Crossing), Big Country was little more than a one-hit wonder in the states. I remember wondering why on earth nobody had gotten hooked on "Where the Rose is Sown" like I was... Of course, seeing them now is like seeing a Scottish super-group - 2.5 parts Big Country, 1 part Simple Minds and 1 part The Alarm. So that might be nostalgic a bit, but they tore the place down last night and were as grateful for us to be there as we were to them for coming. This new album is quite good and I expect that as the months stretch on, I will appreciate even more. I'm glad these guys are still with us. Bless S.A. Hope these sounds are reaching you.

Super BC effort

Went to see these guys in VA recently and was blown away. Pure energy, equal parts Crossing, a few other gems, and at least 6 tracks from the Journey. ALL were outstanding, and that was hearing them for the first time. Picked up the record and have enjoyed it. Broken Promise Land, Return, Last Ship Sails, Strong, all really strong songs...and plenty of nuanced references to the BC past. Great music and great lyrics.


Formed: 1981 in Dunfermline, Scotland

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

With their ringing, bagpipe-like guitars and the anthemic songs of frontman Stuart Adamson, Scotland's Big Country emerged as one of the most distinctive and promising new rock bands of the early '80s, scoring a major hit with their debut album, The Crossing; though the group's critical and commercial fortunes dimmed in the years to follow, they nevertheless outlasted virtually all of their contemporaries, releasing new material into the next century. The England-born Adamson formed Big Country in...
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