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CREST OF A KNAVE

Jethro Tull

 

Prog Folk

3.22 | 384 ratings

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clarke2001
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2 stars Return to the form? What form?

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A mainstream rock album here. Not bad, but far from good. It's somewhat appealing to me - Ian's voice and Martin's guitar remind of DIRE STRAITS and that's not bad - I like that band. Cheesy keyboards are all over the place but that's not the problem neither.

I quite liked this album a few years ago (and I would rate it with three stars at that time), but after repeated listenings, I'm not so sure, and Broadsword And The Beast and Crest Of A Knave swapped their places.

The problem is, between good moments there's just nothing. Farm On A Freeway is this album's magnum opus, but it's just not on a level good enough for an average Tull fan. Budapest is empty. I mean, lot's of little tricks, acoustic parts, but each little pattern played on acoustic guitar or whatever is just dull. Unimaginative chunks of blues scales. Boring. Dogs In Midwinter is a album's highlight, regardless of song's unimaginative chorus. Said She Was A Dancer is a pleasant, again Knopfler-esque tune, with atrocious lyrics I'm a Pepsi-cola but you won't take me out of can etc. The rest of the songs are not very memorable, they had flashes of melody here and there.

It's not very good, it's certainly non-essential, but it MIGHT appeal to the larger audience because of that AOR approach, Dire Straits style and overall calming mood. It deserves two and a half stars.

clarke2001 | 2/5 |

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