The Seer (Big Country album)

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The Seer
Studio album by Big Country
Released 14 July 1986
Recorded Nov 1985 - Feb 1986
Genre Alternative rock, new wave, Celtic rock
Length 46:46
Label Mercury
Producer Robin Millar
Big Country chronology
Steeltown
(1984)
The Seer
(1986)
Peace in Our Time
(1988)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Kerrang! 3/5 stars[2]
Martin C. Strong (6/10)[3]

The Seer is the third studio album by the Scottish band Big Country, released in 1986. The album featured very traditional Scottish musical settings, reminiscent of the band's debut album The Crossing (1983). Kate Bush worked on the title song in a duet with lead singer and lyricist Stuart Adamson. The album's first single, "Look Away", was an Irish number one, and was also the group's biggest hit single in the UK, reaching #7.[4]

The album reached #2 in the UK Albums Chart.[4]

Reception[edit]

Critic Anthony DeCurtis of Rolling Stone gave The Seer a positive review, calling it "possibly [the band's] strongest effort to date":

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Stuart Adamson, except where noted. Written by Adamson/Watson. †† Written by Adamson/Butler.

  1. "Look Away" – 4:23
  2. "The Seer" (featuring Kate Bush) – 5:26
  3. "The Teacher" – 4:05
  4. "I Walk the Hill" †† – 3:30
  5. "Eiledon"
  6. "One Great Thing" ††
  7. "Hold the Heart"
  8. "Remembrance Day"
  9. "Red Fox"
  10. "Sailor"
  11. "Song of the South" (Re-Issue Bonus)
  12. "Look Away [12" Mix]" (Re-Issue Bonus)
  13. "One Great Thing [Disco Mix]" (Re-Issue Bonus)
  14. "Giant" (Re-Issue Bonus)

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1986) Peak
position
Canadian Albums Chart[6] 75
Dutch Albums Chart[7] 8
German Albums Chart[8] 16
New Zealand Albums Chart[9] 7
Norwegian Albums Chart[10] 14
Swedish Albums Chart[11] 16
Swiss Albums Chart[12] 15
UK Albums Chart[13] 2
U.S. Billboard 200[14] 59

Personnel[edit]

Big Country

Additional personnel

References[edit]

  1. ^ Demalon, Tom. "Big Country: The Seer > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 7 September 2011.
  2. ^ Johnson, Howard (10 July 1986). "Big Country 'The Seer'". Kerrang! (London, UK: United Magazines) (124): 12. 
  3. ^ The Essential Rock Discography - Volume 1: 87. 2006. 
  4. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 56. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  5. ^ DeCurtis, Anthony (28 August 1986). "Big Country: The Seer". Rolling Stone (Wenner Media) (RS 481). ISSN 0035-791X. Archived from the original on 31 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "RPM 100 Albums". RPM (archived at Library and Archives Canada) (Volume 44, No. 26). 20 September 1986. Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  7. ^ "Big Country - The Seer" (in Dutch). dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  8. ^ "Big Country, The Seer" (in German). charts.de. Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  9. ^ "Big Country - The Seer". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  10. ^ "Big Country - The Seer". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  11. ^ "Big Country - The Seer". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  12. ^ "Big Country - The Seer" (in German). hitparade.ch. Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  13. ^ "The Seer". chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 23 July 2012. Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  14. ^ "Big Country". Billboard.com. Retrieved 20 September 2011.