Grand Tour (Big Big Train album)

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Grand Tour
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Studio album by
Released17 May 2019
StudioEnglish Electric Studios, Abbey Road Studios, Real World Studios, Sweetwater Studios
Genre Progressive rock
Length74:11
Label English Electric
Producer Longdon, Spawton
Big Big Train chronology
The Second Brightest Star
(2017)
Grand Tour
(2019)

Grand Tour is the twelfth studio album by the English progressive rock band Big Big Train. It contains all new songs unlike the previous, The Second Brightest Star. Thematically it broadens the lyrical landscape for the group into the European world, previously having a largely domestic British focus. It moves from English folklore and landscape, to the 17th and 18th century habit of well-to-do Europeans going on the 'Grand Tour' to experience a wider circle of art and science. [1] It is the last studio album to feature band members Dave Gregory, Rachel Hall, and Danny Manners who left in 2020. [2] [3]

Contents

Reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Daily Express Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svg [1]
The Times Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [4]

Initially well received, The Times says of this release, "A prog rock album that doesn't yield its secrets straight away and repays repeated listening". [4] Tony Colvill in his review had been critical of the last two releases but then writes of this offering, "it's something new, a little bit different, but to the same high standards," presumably harking back to the 'railway inspired' subject content of English Electric: Full Power . [5] He continues to heap praise on this offering with repeated and positive comparisons with Genesis both vocally and instrumentally. [5] Daily Express writer Paul Davies also make comparisons to Genesis and adds a reference to Queen. Noting the subject of the Renaissance when referring to progressive music in general, he clearly underlines the band's significance. He assigns a rating of 5 out of 5. [1]

Track listing

Grand Tour [6]
No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."Novum Organum" Greg Spawton Nick D'Virgilio, Spawton2:25
2."Alive" David Longdon Longdon4:34
3."The Florentine"LongdonLongdon8:17
4."Roman Stone"
  • "Part One: Foundation"
  • "Part Two: Rise"
  • "Part Three: Ne Plus Ultra"
  • "Part Four: Fall" (instrumental)
  • "Part Five: Legacy"
SpawtonSpawton13:33
5."Pantheon" (instrumental) D'Virgilio6:12
6."Theodora In Green And Gold"SpawtonD'Virgilio, Longdon5:32
7."Ariel"
  • "Part One: Come Unto These Yellow Sands"
  • "Part Two: Noises, Sounds and Sweet Airs"
  • "Part Three: New Place"
  • "Part Four: O! There are spirits of the air"
  • "Part Five: Music, When Soft Voices Die"
  • "Part Six: Casa Magni, 1822"
  • "Part Seven: Approach, My Ariel, Come"
  • "Part Eight: Coda: The Triumph of Life"
LongdonLongdon14:28
8."Voyager"
  • "Part One: On the Ocean"
  • "Part Two: The Farthest Shore"
  • "Part Three: The Pillars of Hercules"
  • "Part Four: Further Beyond" (instrumental)
  • "Part Five: Grand Finale" (instrumental)
  • "Part Six: The Space Between the Stars"
  • "Part Seven: Homecoming"
SpawtonSpawton14:20
9."Homesong"SpawtonSpawton4:50
Total length:74:11
Japan bonus track [7]
No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
10."Journey's End"SpawtonSpawton4:38
Total length:78:32

Personnel

Big Big Train

Production

Charts

Chart (2019)Peak
position
Scottish Albums (OCC) [8] 12
UK Albums (OCC) [9] 35

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