NEW MUSIC EAR'S FAVOURITES - BIG COUNTRY "THE CROSSING"
Onto this album, "The Crossing" gave us four singles, the debut "Harvest Home" failed to chart in the UK. It was a brilliant introduction to the band's sound, a pulsating almost Punk-like chanted spoken track with Scottish drum and bagpipes (guitars) abound, like a marching band rhythm. The first hit for the band came with their next single, the exciting "Fields Of Fire", I remember listening to this in headphones and the guitar sounds were so pure and the Celtic Folk elements were heard in abundance. More melodic than the debut single which was probably why it was a bigger hit, a great chorus and more atmospheric. After this single reach number 10 in the chart came, the most well known song of their repertoire although only reaching number 17, "In A Big Country". The track became a massive hit in the U.S.A. too. As the opener to the album it was simply huge and a fantastic song. Everything that "Harvest Home" and "Fields Of Fire" gave us appeared in this track. Celtic drums, catchy chorus, chants, the classic Bagpipe guitars, simply a brilliant song and one of my alltime favourites by any artist. Great singalong and one for the Air Guitar enthusiasts! "Chance" the fourth single reached top 10 and peaked at number 9. A ballad, and it was a gorgeous song, simple in its composition but incredibly emotive, no big booming crescendos just a light, lilting backing to Stuart's sensitive vocals. Love this song.