The Big Don't Argue picks up where Roaring Days left off. Actually, it is more of the same. And, in fact, that is the main problem with this release. Even though they were working with a new producer and a new guitarist, the band did not seem to progress much from Roaring Days, and it almost seems that the responsibility of writing the entire album was a little too much for Mike Thomas. This is not to say that this album is not great, because it is in fact a wonderful album. It was just a little bit of a letdown after their first two. Again, the band reached into their roots of folk music and rock to produce their trademark sound, and they still tell great stories. Listen to the strain of constant touring in the brilliant "Knockbacks In Halifax," which is a great pub song with a catchy, sing-along chorus. There are plenty of standout tracks, but there are also weaker tracks that would have better served as B-sides, such as the closing track, "Manana, Manana," which seems to go on far too long. But these moments are few and far between. The band did go out on a limb somewhat with this album, notably with an incredibly rocking number documenting the true story of cannibalism ("A Tale They Won't Believe"). The topic may be disturbing, but just try keeping your foot still during this powerful song.
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AllMusic Review by Aaron Badgley