All-in-all, I like *Big Calm.* As another reviewer pointed out, it's loaded with "sleepy techno beats" and the "chirrupy vocals of some slumberland chanteuse," both of which I've come to love with Portishead and others. Despite being over an hour long, the time just seems to fly by when I listen to it.
If I had one criticism, however, it's that Skye Edwards' voice can be a bit TOO "chirrupy" for me, at times (as in "Shoulder Holster"). This is, however, a personal preference and something that could just as easily be considered one of the album's strengths as one of its weaknesses. Her sound is very upbeat and generally lacks the somewhat ethereal, yet rather world-weary inflections of Beth Gibbons, Siobhan de Mare (of Mono), Sia (of Zero7's *Simple Things*), et al. (though she DOES manage to nail it on the head for me in songs like "The Sea," "Friction" and "The Music That We Hear").
Another personal preference that affected my rating was my dislike for the almost Wild-West-influenced tracks, "Part Of The Process," "Over And Over" and "Diggin' A Watery Grave." These three tracks just seem at such odds with the rest of the album that, for me, they're something of a distraction. With the album seeming as short as it does, they were distractions that were too big for me to ignore.
Nevertheless, I'd still recommend *Big Calm* to any fans of "this Bristol sound thing" and its techno beats and chirrupy vocals. I might suggest listening to it more than once to fully appreciate some of the tracks, but I'd say that any fans of the latter will surely find something to love in *Big Calm.*