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The Crossing [Bonus Tracks]

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Big Country 25//2002

Review

With producer Steve Lillywhite at the helm, Scotland's Big Country managed to deliver earnest, socially conscious arena anthems in a similar vein to U2 and The Alarm. The twist was their trademark bagpipe sound, achieved through the use of e-bow. The unique sound of "In a Big Country" garnered the band considerable attention and a Top 20 single in the U.S. The Crossing, however, is an album whose richness goes beyond the single. The more subdued "Chance" is more sparse and its personal lyrics are every bit as heartfelt as the more populist-inclined anthems like the wonderful "The Storm" or the thundering "Fields of Fire." The lyrics are straightforward and, despite the grand themes of many of the tracks, manage to steer clear of being overly pretentious. While this album earned the band a gold record, Big Country's sound and image (reinforced by the members tartan, checked shirts) resulted in them being tagged a novelty and they never duplicated their initial success in America. [The 2002 re-release includes several tracks not included on the original.] ~ Tom Demalon
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 In a Big Country Big Country 4:44
  3. 2 Inwards Big Country 4:34
  4. 3 Chance Big Country 4:26
  5. 4 1,000 Stars Big Country 3:51
  6. 5 The Storm Big Country 6:19
  7. 6 Harvest Home Big Country 4:19
  8. 7 Lost Patrol Big Country 4:52
  9. 8 Close Action Big Country 4:15
  10. 9 Fields of Fire Big Country 3:31
  11. 10 Porrohman Big Country 7:53
  12. 11 Wonderland [US Version] Big Country 3:59
  13. 12 All Fall Together [US Version][Jimmy Iovine Remix] Big Country 5:16
  14. 13 Angle Park [US Version] Big Country 4:9
  15. 14 The Crossing [US Version] Big Country 7:11
  16. 15 Chance [Re-Recorded Single Version][US Version] Big Country 4:38

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