The Electrics

Big Silent World

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The Electrics' second album, Big Silent World, is a marked improvement over their 1991 debut, Visions and Dreams. Utilizing the same musicians as before, the Electrics employed producer Kevin Key, who had worked with Deacon Blue, to help shape their sound. He introduced new elements to add variety to their music, like country, Cajun, and an alternative rock attitude, all of which would become lasting ingredients to this band. The Electrics improved in all areas for this recording -- writing, playing, production, and even CD graphics and layout. The uptempo songs possess more urgency, the midtempo songs more distinction, and the slow pieces more lasting melodies than on their debut. Highlights include "Back of Your Head," a rapid, tuneful number guided by Paul Baird's staccato guitar work that would later be covered by Julie Miller on Invisible Girl. Allan Hewitt's "Big Important You" is a Celtic cowpunk polka tune featuring the fiddle of Gavin Marwick, and "All That You Want Me to Be" is a repining song that a more self-examining Steve Earle could feasibly have written for Copperhead Road. Yes, this is a resounding improvement for the Electrics; however, they would soar to new heights with their 1995 follow-up, The Whole Shebang.

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