When compared to his earlier effort it is clear that Big World is calibrated to tick all the boxes to ensure maximum airplay and make it the de facto soundtrack to days spent working in the office, or wiling away time shopping. With one exception, all songs play for 3 to 4 minutes, the goldilocks zone for pop music and commercial radio play. The fact that the exception to this rule, Save It For Me, is a single alongside the eponymous Big World, and album opener My Heart Never Lies, goes to show that there were at least some brave decisions made with regards to the record. Save It For Me concludes in under two-and-a-half minutes and represents the clearest connection between the McCrorie who released These Old Traditions and took to ‘The Voice’ stage, and the McCrorie present on Big World. It is truly a shame that there isn’t more of the former on this release.
This is an extract from a review originally published on the 2nd February 2016. Please visit Renowned For Sound to read the full review.