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Great Big Sea

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  • Currently 4.0/5 Stars.

Type: Album

Sampling: 44,1 kHz

Source: CD

Tracks: 16

Language: English

Total size: 110.35 Mb

Year: 1997

Total price: $1.92

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$0.12
320
03:11
7.3 Mb
2
$0.12
320
03:27
7.91 Mb
3
$0.12
320
03:04
7.03 Mb
5
$0.12
320
02:26
5.57 Mb
6
$0.12
320
02:53
6.59 Mb
7
$0.12
320
02:45
6.31 Mb
8
$0.12
320
02:56
6.73 Mb
9
$0.12
320
02:17
5.23 Mb
10
$0.12
320
03:41
8.42 Mb
11
$0.12
320
03:09
7.21 Mb
12
$0.12
320
02:39
6.09 Mb
13
$0.12
320
02:54
6.64 Mb
14
$0.12
320
02:59
6.84 Mb
15
$0.12
320
02:59
6.83 Mb
16
$0.12
320
03:01
6.89 Mb


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I would imagine anyone reading this review is probably familiar with Great Big Sea but on the off-chance anyone has accidentally stumbled across them, this album is an ideal place to start as an introduction.

Hailing from Newfoundland in Atlantic Canada, Great Big Sea bring a unique blend of traditional tunes, roaring sea-shanty vocals, impressive musical prowess and an exhilarating energy. Newfoundland has a proud Celtic, European and French Canadian heritage; and the stories of Islanders and their lives on and by the Atlantic are brought to life by this proud quartet.

Amongst the more traditional tracks on this album like "Donkey Riding" and the beautiful "General Taylor" are some original songs that stand up very well next to the tried-and-tested sounds of the older folk songs. "How Did We Get From Saying I Love You" is a heart-breaking and relatable lament to a broken relationship, whilst "Haven't Seen You in A Long Time" provides a catchier, upbeat vibe.

Also worth mentioning are the covers of REM's "End of the World" and Oysterband's "When I'm Up" - two breathlessly energetic tracks that lift you up and leave you exhausted by the end.

"Rigadoon" is an avoidable low point, but is included as more of a bonus final track, and with the talent and finesse shown in the rest of this brilliant album, can be forgiven (and skipped!)

An exciting album from a unique and impressive band.

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