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Album Review

Big Deal – Say Yes

Big Deal - Say Yes

Big Deal have discovered the best version of themselves.

Label: FatCat Records
Released: 10th June 2016

Rating: ★★★★

In the three years since Big Deal’s last album,‘June Gloom’, they’ve been through quite a bit. Lost band members, ended relationships,self-funding an album, finding a new label and losing their whole new album when a laptop was stolen at the end of 2014; ‘Say Yes’ is the sound of a band refusing to lay down and die.

It shows, too. Bolder, more robust, 2016’s Big Deal are fired up with deliberate intent. The album’s title track thumps and pounds, ‘Saccharine’ is as smooth and sweet and its title suggests, while ‘V.I.T.R.I.O.L.’ stalks over a thundering, dense rhythm.

With the odds stacked against them, Big Deal had to go huge, or go home. With their backs against the wall, they’ve managed something even better – they’ve discovered the best version of themselves. You’d be mad to say no. Stephen Ackroyd