It would be ignorant or churlish to dismiss Big Country as a 'has been' band, following a jaded rock formula as they've developed a generally heavier, perhaps more American-orientated, flavour. Additionally, Stuart Adamson's lyrics display a sense of awareness and biting clarity that's all too easy to overlook.
This established idea of what Big Country are is something that the very affable Adamson was keen to address when I met him at the offices of the band's new record company, Compulsion.
"If I want anything from this record it's for people to come to it without too many preconceptions. I would agree with anybody who said the last two albums weren't happening. We were in a situation that I was completely fuckin' disillusioned with. i joined a band to be in a band, not to be a businessman! A change had to come. So we left Phonogram."
The band may have gone up a cul-de-sac, but the signs are that they have rediscovered their desire and their direction.