ARTIST: Big Country
TITLE: The Seer
YEAR RELEASED: 1986
CHART ACTION: #59 US, #2 UK
SINGLES: Look Away (#5 US Mainstream, #7 UK), The Teacher (#28 UK), One Great Thing (#19 UK), Hold the Heart (#55 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Rememberance Day
LINEUP: Stuart Adamson, Mark Brzezicki, Tony Butler, Bruce Watson. Kate Bush is one a few tracks.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Big Country shifts focus back to the Scottish history and sounds.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The Big Country e-bow bagpipe novelty has worn off by now, but in this record Big Country returns to the Celtic themes and motifs.
The title track is definitely a Celtic showcase, with Kate Bush on backing vocals. Other tracks take on pieces of Scottish history and events.
“Look Away” is a rousing opening number, and “Rememberance Day” changes things up a bit in the intro, but as the record goes on, the songs blur and blend together, and then by the time the albums done, you don’t realize you’ve heard the last few tracks.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: The record company rejected their first mix, and put out a poppier, reverb filled mix the band didn’t like.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, a few bonus tracks and remixes
GRADE B: It’s got strong tracks, but as the record goes on nothing else stands out but a couple.