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Door One

Door One

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I subsequently had to take on a wider role with David’s passing, but Patrick Phillips and I were definitely on the same wavelength when it came to manifesting some of this at the mixing stage, with these goals in mind. Overall, listening to Door One reminds of how I felt when I listened to by first BBT opus - The Underfall Yard.

This is a difficult album if you knew the man but it’s wonderful to hear what he had been working on in these days before he left us. David will certainly be missed but his legacy lives on in his recorded works and this album will certainly be a part of that legacy that he leaves us. The opening has hints of David Crosby’s jazzy inflections and song structures as well as the harmonies. The lyrics are excellent across the board, with the closer “Love is All” feeling like David reaching out from the grave to grant us wisdom.

Thankfully, Big Big Train have chosen to continue, albeit in a different configuration and one that pays tribute to their deeply missed colleague. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. The album’s longest track, The Letting Go, is about loss, which is painfully ironic as David died not long after its completion. However, David’s partner Sarah and all the key protagonists involved in its creation agreed that David would want the world to hear the album.

Album bello, ispirato, complesso ma accessibile, la cui qualità riprodotta sul vinile (nero, naturalmente) è ineccepibile e di gran resa sonora. It’s a high bar, but that album is the closest relative of Door One, his second solo release after 2004’s Wild River. This album is different because of his passing but it is still a good listen, even if it is painful, for what has gone and for what could have been in his future.And perhaps here it’s hardest to separate Door One – with all its heart, soul, love, vitriol, humour and wisdom – from its sad, posthumous circumstances. I think that is reflected in Door One, as well, since it is something of a departure from David’s normal style. It won’t change the face of music or knock the world off its axis, but Hell, Fire And Damnation is yet another damned fine addition. Catchier still is There’s No Ghost Like An Old Ghost, a consideration of past regrets, secrets and lies (‘ The loose ends you’d left unaddressed’) and their nasty habit of resurfacing later in life, ‘ with bones to pick and an axe to grind’. The album closer, “Love Is All” feels like an emerging from the pain of Letting Go, and finding your place of calm.

In that same perfect world Big, Big Train - the group for which he provided vocals, lyrics and the odd snatch of flute - would have been inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame years ago.David Longdon – Vocals, Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Mandolin, Keyboard Programming, Piano, Stylophone, Percussion. While this might not be his greatest work, it is a beautiful and meaningful one, and I have a feeling that it will grow on my immensely. But here he lives on: Door One is the culmination of years of planning, writing, rehearsing and writing for the right time to release a debut solo album. Watch It Burn’s low piano line, new wave guitar riff and great Stacey/Vantsis groove power along as Longdon revisits a toxic relationship with an alcohol-dependent ex-lover. The CF was then finished and mastered by some exceptional musicians and studio technicians as a tribute to this irreplaceable musical force.

With that husky, timeless tone of his, David Longdon appeals to us to heed the words: ‘ Love is the only thing that matters, Love is all, love is all. But probably expected as the album was nearly completed [but were there other tracks that were still to be recorded? Sangfroid follows and is another song about relationships and their transient nature, this track has great lyrics that are really heartfelt and poignant.

This is a very personal song and its lyrics reveal much about who David was, so it’s good that he found peace with Sarah, even though that was ended abruptly. There are some inspirational musical passages in this mix of songs that were 90% complete as a solo work before he passed. Sure, initially it does sound very much like BBT in their pomp, but on closer inspection the songs feel looser, more dynamic and rockier. Following on from the themes of relationships ending, this song is about “what to hang on to, and what to let go”.



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