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J-TULL DOT COM

Jethro Tull

 

Prog Folk

3.04 | 297 ratings

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febus
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Honorary Collaborator / In Memoriam
2 stars JUST ANOTHER JETHRO TULL ALBUM!

Again 4 years have passed since ROOTS TO BRANCHES when J-TULL DOT COM was released in 1999.I guess the inspiration and creativity tank of IAN ANDERSON was not as active as it was in the past; i don't think there is nothing wrong with that as the same thing happened with a lot of his contemporary peers such as ROGER WATERS ,GILMOUR, KC, YES and others who release new albums once in a blue moon. As of this year, 2007, 8 years later, J-TULL DOT COM is still their last current studio release. I am not sure now if there will be even another one in the future.

J-TULL DOT COM is not a masterpiece by any means, definitely not an ''excellent addition to any prog collection'' either. This is just a middle of the road JT release, its quality and originality well below ROOTS TO BRANCHES. This is not a bad album either as it is relatively pleasant to listen to it, but rarely it will make you shiver of emotion or jump to the ceiling from excitement.

JETHRO TULL keeps the same path than its predecessor as the sound adventures more and more into world music. The Asian influence is once again to be heard on many tracks such as DOT COM, a complete Asian experience with even ...a female Indian singer , BLACK MAMBA or WICKED WINDOWS.Now also, we get some carribean sounds with the,,,,yes, a BARRE song! HOT MANGO FLUSH. As the title indicates, we are NOT treated to a very elaborated song, i kind of understand why the guitarist don't write more for the band.

This is a more pop feel in the compositions; the longest songs AWOL clocks at 5:19s. As i said there are no really bad songs, but a quite a few un-memorable ones such as BENDS LIKE A WILLOW or EL NINO.The hard rocking SPIRAL and WICKED WINDOWS are the best of the bunch for me, but none would make it to any JT best-of......and there are A LOT of JT compilations.

I don't like to be harsh with JETHRO TULL as i like a lot of their music, but i have to be honest with this one: only.......

2 STARS.

febus | 2/5 |

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