Reason #365 Why The ’80’s Didn’t Suck: The Crossing

The-Crossing-DeluxeThe Steve Lillywhite produced The Crossing is like many Steve Lillywhite productions of the 1980’s: big, bombastic, stadium ready, earnest, and big. Did I say big? Lilywhite produced many excellent, iconic albums, among them Peter Gabriel III (Melt), The Pogues If I Should Fall From Grace With God, Talk Talk Talk by the Psychedelic Furs, U2’s WAR and most recently, erm, Beady Eye. While The Crossing certainly sounded grand there was a real sense of country about them; not ‘country’ as in ‘country and western’, but country as in an honest, proud, personal and fiercely patriotic kind of way. Big Country differentiated themselves, sonically, with that trademark bagpipe sound of theirs. I still don’t know how they accomplished that, by the way, but it matters little, ’cause it sounded so spectacular. Still does.