Listen: Is Big Wreck’s comeback worth the wait?
Splitting after 2001′s damp squib The Pleasure And The Greed, the prospect of a comeback album of mothballed material from reunited Boston rockers Big Wreck is hardly tantalising. As it turns out, Albatross is a step up, sailing closer to the crunch and proggy intelligence of their 1997 debut, with songs that manage to be both smart and visceral.
What the PR says:
With Albatross, Big Wreck are back to doing things the way they did in the very beginning: recording without any outside influence, and regardless of the tastes of the day. The result is 11 new well-crafted tracks filled with intriguing timbres and powerful vocal performances that won’t disappoint the fans they earned in the early years, and is sure to inspire a new legion of Big Wreck fans.
Who’s on it:
Canada-born vocalist/guitarist IanThornley believes the current line-up of Big Wreck (rounded out by guitarist Paulo Neta, drummer Brad Park and bassist Dave McMillan) is a natural extension of its former self. Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Rush, Alice In Chains) executive-produced the release along with co-producers Thornley and Eric Ratz (Billy Talent, Cancer Bats).
What’s it like?
Thornley reckons he’s trading “beer-chugging rock anthems” but he’s selling himself short. Head Together combines its chunky riffage with monastic chants, A Million Days offers Kashmir spices and a virtuouso shred solo, Wolves has shades of a hairier-chested Elbow, while standout All Is Fair swirls with echo-chamber U2 guitars. In short, it’s far more than Big Dumb Rock – even if that’s the impression given by Thornley’s earnest vocals. The world shrugged when Big Wreck derailed, but it’s good to have them back. (Henry Yates)
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