Big Big Train

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What's it called?: 
English Electric (Part 2)
What does it sound like?: 
It's been New Prog Week chez Wonderful. First, it was the new Steven Wilson album 'The Raven That Refused To Sing (and Other Stories)'. I used to work with Steven when he was in IT Support in Hemel Hemstead and I buy his stuff because I think he might need the money (I know he's probably a millionaire by now, living in a superior detached in HH, but my contribution probably keeps him in crisps). Next it was the new Big Big Train album 'English Electric (Part 2)'. Part 1 was one of my surprise favourite albums of 2012 and my introduction to this release has followed the same pattern as the first. First listen -"My God this sounds like early Genesis, how do they get away with it?!". Second listen - "Actually, this does sound like Genesis, but it's not bad". Third listen - "This is really good, a bit like Genesis, but very contemporary". If you're into this sort of stuff (you don't need me to tell me whether you are or not) it's well worth £4.50 of your English pounds for the download.
What does it all *mean*?: 
All it means is that the two English Electric albums appeal to old Prog fans looking for something to remind them of times when they had all their own hair.
Goes well with …: 
Steven Wilson's 'The Raven That Refused To Sing (and Other Stories)' and the new Ólafur Arnalds album 'For Now I Am Winter', my other download this week
Might suit people who like …: 
English Electric (Part 1), early Genesis, Marillion


I totally agree with what you say about BBT, they do indeed make a wonderful melodic sound in a (new) progy kind of way. I discovered them via a thread here at the AW, where else?, since gone on o get all their stuff and have enjoyed every minute of it.
So those of you who are partial to a bit of old/new prog - do yourselves a favour.

Excellent, never heard of them so thanks for the pointer. I went to the site, listened and then bought the album. You can hear it here -

isn't it A LOT like Genesis

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