Big Country is a Scottish rock band formed in Dunfermline, Fife, in 1981. The height of the band’s popularity was in the early 1980s, although it retained a cult following for many years after. The band’s music was most recognisable for the sounds it infused with Scottish folk and martial music styles, as well as for playing and engineering their guitar driven sound to evoke the inspirational spirit of bagpipes, fiddles and other traditional folk instruments.
Artist: Big Country
Title: The Seer
Label: Mercury Records
The third proper album by Scottish quartet Big Country kicks off with the stellar “Look Away,” a rocking outlaw tale with very cool guitar work from Bruce Watson and lead singer Stuart Adamson. However, the simple, anthemic choruses and effects-laden guitars are beginning to wear a little thin four years after the band’s promising breakthrough. Big Country does little to expand on their sound or lyrical themes and The Seer is somewhat disappointing. There are a few solid tracks like the moody title song (with Kate Bush lending vocals) and the stirring “Eiledon,” but the band had done these songs better. It managed to chart three singles in the U.K., with “Look Away” going Top Ten, but the American audience had dwindled to hard-core fans. It’s the hardcore fans that The Seer is most likely to be of interest to.
1. Look Away (4:23)
2. The Seer (Vocals [Additional] Kate Bush) (5:26)
3. The Teacher (4:05)
4. I Walk The Hill (3:30)
5. Eiledon (Vocals [Additional] June Miles-Kingston) (5:35)
1. One Great Thing (4:00)
2. Hold The Heart (6:04)
3. Remembrance Day (Vocals [Additional] June Miles-Kingston) (4:28)
4. The Red Fox (4:09)
5. The Sailor (4:52)