Byten years after their E-Bow-led domestic breakthrough, Big Country had largely given up on America. Without the novelty of their gingham shirts and bagpipe effects, the band's anthems didn't carry across the Atlantic, to say nothing of Stuart Adamson 's call-to-action working-class lyricisms.
Nevertheless, Big Country had sustained their trademark sound over that same period of time, charting here in there in the U. Perhaps encouraged by All Go Together - Big Country - The Buffalo Skinners grassroots U. It arrived with a shrug attached -- here it is, it seemed to say, whether you like it or not. But while Skinners forsook the E-Bow, it stood boldly, unabashedly behind its rousing, throaty rock sound and the righteous lyrics of Adamson.
Opener "Alone" is like a template for the entire album. This sets up the impossibly triumphant chorus, which in turn leads to a rangy solo.
As the band cranks out "Alone"'s chorus repeatedly over the second half, it's easy to think of Big Country as the Scottish version of Livewho would have a hit with their own "I Alone" a year later. Both groups grafted the emotive passion of U2 to huge, arena riffing, but only one would make it in All Go Together - Big Country - The Buffalo Skinners U. Maybe if Adamson shaved his head? Skinners continues through a first half that has only one, exultant gear, but the strength of Wodka - Tibor André - Wodka Waves" and "One I Love"'s choruses is Question - The Fixx - Phantoms pure and honest, it's hard not to get butterflies in the bridge.
Adamson 's preachiness gets a bit hammy toward the middle of Buffalo Skinnersespecially during "We're Not in Kansas" and "All Go Together," the latter of which lays on the rock riffage and "hey! But even these songs are convincing in their support of honest, guitar-based heroics. You probably don't need every Big Country album.
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