Bernard Zuel has reviewed Big Heavy Stuff - Size of the Ocean, check it out here.
"No, what BHS regularly portray here is the certainty of uncertainty, musically and lyrically. And that’s no small thing to attempt.
Confidence is consistently checked against reality, force is consistently undercut by second thoughts, so that nothing ever steamrolls over listeners. Instead, we question everything, as if these are new arguments are being made and Atkinson’s voice is no more capable of answering the internal inquisitor then we are.
It is not just that tempos feel slower than previously, but that space hangs on and around all the instruments. Even at their most assertive the guitars carry weight behind them; in the prettiest or most tender moments acoustics or piano lean into headwinds. And the melodies don’t shy away from our gaze."
Bernard Zuel - 31 October 2023.
We invite you to love the album again or for the first time, limited pre-orders still available here. Or available in good record stores around Australia from December 2023: