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Albatross

Big Wreck Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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1. Head Together
2. A Million Days
3. Wolves
4. Albatross
5. Glass Room
6. All Is Fair
7. Control
8. Rest Of The World
9. You Caught My Eye
10. Do What You Will
11. Time

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2012 reunion album from the Boston-born Alt-Rock band formed by Canadian singer/songwriter Ian Thornley. Albatross is the band's first album in 11 years.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Sound April 3 2012
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Big Wreck is a band that deserves to have more recognition. Their sound is so unique and they have one of the best voices in modern music. They have true talent. It is unjust that they are relatively unknown. This CD is too awesome, every song is amazing and you owe it to yourselves to listen to it.

I can't recommend this more highly. BUY IT! Support good music.
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In my opinion this album is one of the best rock albums in decades. I rarely listen to a cd as much as i have with Albatross. The guitars drums and base are all super excellant. Ian Thornley is one of the best singer songwriters around. the production is superb.
Every song is great but 5 of the songs are just wonderful. if you like good songs and one super guitar player. Buy this C.D.!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 12 2014
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Love this album....check out a live show - they don't disappoint.
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3.0 out of 5 stars long awaited comeback April 6 2012
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Ian Thornley has a truly incredible voice and a reputation for rocking hard. Long time listeners of Big Wreck will be mildly disappointed with Albatross. While the title track stings with their familiar melancoly venom, the remaining songs are lackluster excluding Head Together and Control. While the first tracks intro may put you off thinking of an odd 90s tune,the change brings a strong rock ballad. Control has some radio play and is gaining popularity yet will never live up to the Big Wreck rep. Overall, a half hearted return to their fomer selves but if you love Ian Thornley and band, give it a listen. His vocals alone make it all worth it.
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Amazon.com: 4.9 out of 5 stars  42 reviews
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Wreck Renews My Faith in Music March 9 2012
By George R.E. Wacker - Published on Amazon.com
Listening through for the second time. This album not only brings me back to the late 90s and early 2000s, but also makes me excited about MUSIC again. Sure, there are some great bands out there doing great things, but Big Wreck, to me, always seemed like a band that had so much to offer and just didn't connect with the mainstream media for whatever reason. And, whatever, all I care about is that they continue to make records. This album, on one full listen, has already reawakened some latent feelings and emotions that I wasn't sure were still there. I guess what I'm trying to say in all of this is that this album really is a straight up "ROCK" album, but has so much heart and depth that any other bands out there who are trying to emulate this should take more time thinking and less time putting together power chord progressions. Dammit, I really wanted to make this review short. I love this album. Best thing I've listened to in the last six months. Easily.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply terrific March 6 2012
By JA - Published on Amazon.com
Big Wreck is an example of a band that does not get the exposure they rightly deserve. Their first two albums were terrific, along with Ian Thornley's two solo efforts. Albatross is a tremendous effort that is hard to categorize. It's easy to say it's rock, but there are quite a few other genre influences in there, in particular there is a delightful `twang' to some of their songs. Ian's voice is sublime on this album. I would recommend listening to the title track, along with "Your Glass Room" to see if this is your cup of tea.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Might be their best album yet May 20 2013
By Ryan Guina - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been a fan of Big Wreck since they released In Loving Memory. The song, The Oaf, was getting a lot of airplay at the time, and I bought the album based on that song. The Oaf was the only mainstream radio hit from that album, but the rest of the songs were just as strong, if not stronger (the rhythms, lyrics, and instrumentation of Big Wreck music is a cut above most modern mainstream music). The best thing about the album In Loving Memory... is that it aged well. That album sounds just as good today as it did when it was released.

Albatross has many similarities in that it isn't full of mainstream radio hits, but every song is strong. A few songs *might* work on mainstream radio, but Albatross works best as an album, not as singles. In short, these songs are a far cry from the world of homogenous songs that are filtered to us through Clear Channel and Cumulus Radio, and in my opinion, are better than most of what you hear on the mainstream stations.

If you are a current Big Wreck or Ian Thornley fan, then buy this album. You won't be disappointed.

If you are a rock fan and want something new or different, then check this out. You will find excellent instrumentation, rhythmic and poetic lyrics, chunky guitar riffs, a few lines of shred, a killer bass player, a solid drummer, etc.

I will say that I had to listen to this album a couple times to get the full effect (like all of their albums so far). But that has to do with the complexity of their music compared to the standard "verse, chorus, verse, bridge, solo, chorus" template found on most radio songs. This is an album that gets better the more you listen to it. And based on the quality and style, it will age well. I expect I will enjoy this album 10-15 years from now, just like their other albums.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars See them live if you can April 27 2013
By Pookster - Published on Amazon.com
Excellent Album. Wasn't aware they were back together until I saw a listing for a show at a local venue. Had their original album and listen to it time to time, since its also great.
After buying tickets for show, I saw this was being released so grabbed it first day. Listened to it constantly in preparation for the concert, which was awesome. Ian really knows how to play guitar - he wailed out extended solos throughout the show. See them if you have the chance, after picking up this record.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Big Gain March 20 2012
By Paul Watson - Published on Amazon.com
I agree with all the other reviewers in the fact that Big Wreck should have received
greater exposure. It is the era of the reformations (The Original Classic era Status Quo line up are the latest to reform), and with the exposure that is generated by the Internet (My Space/Facebook etc) there is more chance of achieving those goals that were missed on their previous excursions. Maybe, just maybe, Big Wreck could now achieve greater recognition outside Canada at least. I hope so.

Albatross is a major surprise. It is a perfect follow up to their earlier material in that there are no gimmicks and it keeps to the same formula as its predecessors.
I also have the first Thornley album, but that didn't impress me as much as Big Wreck. Maybe it was virtually all the songs were of a heavier fuzzed up guitar format. I like a bit of variety, and Albatross brings that.
Perhaps my 2 favourite tracks are "Control" which I would compare to classic era
Whitesnake doing one of their bluesy softer songs, or even Robert Plant (Big Log has the same type of vibe). I also loved the song "You caught my eye" which is a slow fuzzed up blues number (Reminded me of a mix of ACDC playing 'Ride on' and Jimmy Reeds 'Baby what you want me to do'. "Wolves" is another highlight which again reminded me of my all time fave Big wreck song (Ladylike). "All is fair" reminded me of Led Zeppelin circa 'The song remains the same'. There you go. I name-checked five bands without mentioning Soundgarden, Chris Cornell or Audioslave. Thats saying something.

Perhaps bands need a 10 year breather before releasing a new album. Big Wreck are a classic case of only releasing DECENT product - For their die hard fans.

Big thumbs up for this release. If it takes another 10 years for their next album, so be it. It will be killer as well
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