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Under the Lighthouse
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By the Way
Between You and I
The loving memory most frequently conjured here is Led Zep's "When the Levee Breaks." That unparalleled mix of Delta blues, multi-tracked acoustic/electric guitar invention, and thunderous Bonham stomp is all over "The Oaf... more »," a towering single that provides an instant entree to rock radio for the made-in-Canada, based-in-Boston quartet. There's not a weak track to be heard on an album loaded with standouts like "Blown Wide Open," "How Would You Know," and likely second single "That Song." --Jeff Bateman« less
The loving memory most frequently conjured here is Led Zep's "When the Levee Breaks." That unparalleled mix of Delta blues, multi-tracked acoustic/electric guitar invention, and thunderous Bonham stomp is all over "The Oaf," a towering single that provides an instant entree to rock radio for the made-in-Canada, based-in-Boston quartet. There's not a weak track to be heard on an album loaded with standouts like "Blown Wide Open," "How Would You Know," and likely second single "That Song." --Jeff Bateman
Still one of my favorite rock albums. Every single song on the album is a rock and roll gem. They have their own sound, so it's hard to compare them to another band. Suffice to say this is the best debut rock album in the last fifteen years. Damn shame they never followed up with a second effort. If they did, I'd buy it without fear of being disappointed.
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Classic? Could be?
R. Queen | West Virginia | 09/23/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Big Wreck are getting their start in much the same way Zeppelin did 30 odd years ago. You don't hear much about them on the radio, (which sticks to much less challenging fare), or see them on television. Everyone I know has heard about this album from someone else. Like a single bottle of good whisky at a poor man's party, Big Wreck is passed around, to be enjoyed by All. And, like Zeppelin, the first album is a strong debut from this new band. Don't get me wrong though, these guys are not Zeppelin clones. The music is all their own. The album is terrific. Can't wait to see what Big Wreck does next."
THE BEST ROCK & ROLL IN YEARS
R. Queen | 10/20/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the best rock and roll album out now, and in some years. The first song on the album The Oaf starts out with a soft guitar part and explodes into a great rock song. That Song follows with what I think is the best lyrics on the album. Example is as follows: So I always get nostalgic with that song/ But in my room it's forced/ It has to be in some car across the street/ And I always catch the back of your head in the crowd/ But don't turn around/ It's never you and you'll ruin those memories. Now if that doesn't perk up you ears and make you listen, than I don't know what will. Even though I think every song on this album is a instant classic, the following really sticks out. Blown Wide Open, is a powerful song both in music and lyrics. Another one that stands out is Fall Through The Cracks, with a bassline and kick drum beat that will put a pounding in your heart. The other one is Prayer which is just plan and simple Rock & Roll. I recommend everyone go get In Loving Memory Of..."
Farewell old friends... A season ends.
Bagheera | BC, Canada | 12/12/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The fact that I bought the album after hearing That Song just once on the radio two years ago (about six years after its release in 1997) and still love every word of it today is perhaps a testament to how good it must be and how popular Big Wreck still is.
It is without a doubt my favourite CD - no question, no competition. When asked who my favourite band is, I don't hesitate to say Big Wreck; I don't even have to think about it. There is not a single song involving Ian Thornley that I have not liked, and that includes the music from his new band Thornley. This album, however, shines just a little brighter than the others. To me, it's a varied musical landscape. It has a little bit of everything mixed in to give it that special flair that, in my opinion, puts it at a level above... well, pretty much everything else, but at the same time it's not so "great" that it becomes untouchable.
With a solid, infectious sound and strangely moving vocals, this is music for the music lovers: those who want to either sing along to something outstanding or tune out the world for a while and just be whatever feels good. Each song takes you to a different place, and it's easy to just get lost in the sound - it tends to sweep you away without your even noticing. Having heard it so many times and memorizing all the small details, I often drift off in daydreams when I listen to it, and I'm always surprised to come back to reality at the end of Overemphasizing and realize that I just did nothing but breathe and listen for a little over an hour. Whether it gets you dancing, whistling, or just sitting around staring at nothing, this music affects you. Those who aren't looking for anything too complex or difficult to sink into, but who also want more substance than your average canned rock: you've come to the perfect place.
I've read a few reviews by people who say they weren't automatic fans, but to give the music a chance anyway. They couldn't be more right. Not every Big Wreck or Thornley song was a favourite of mine straight away; this was especially true of The Pleasure And The Greed album. I didn't immediately love In Loving Memory Of... as a whole, but something hooked me and kept me coming back, and the songs grew on me the more I listened to them. They never seem to get old - only better.
Big Wreck has split up, but I'm strangely not as heartbroken as I could be. Ian Thornley has gone on with his new band Thornley, which is also a favourite of mine, and I know there will be even more to come of his grungy, passionate singing. Whether he's bellowing or whispering, he has a range and vocal quality that makes me wish I had taken lessons as a kid so I could sing along without sounding like a moron in comparison. It was the voice of Big Wreck that drew me to them in the first place, and for me there's just no substitute, so I have no other choice but to follow along and hear what else he creates. This is an epic album though, and no matter what he does with the rest of his career (which will undoubtedly be great anyway), the sound of Ian's voice alone will always keep me coming back to listen to Big Wreck.
To sum up: In Loving Memory Of... is the single best musical purchase I've ever made. If it doesn't grab you by the hair and shake you, even a little bit, then you just weren't listening."
Bands Like These Guys Don't Come Along Too Often
Mike | Lynchburg, VA | 11/04/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I actually bought this CD after onlt hearing "That Song" and wasn't sure if they'd be good. Boy, did that gamble pay off. This is one of the best CD's I have ever heard. Big Wreck jams like few bands. And Ian Thornley can wail. Excellent CD even for anyone who appreciates music."