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Jethro Tull


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3 stars Jethro Tull can be considered as one of pioneers of progressive rock which initially (end of 60s) explored their music in blues arena, combined with rock. Their music is characterized by the flute work, sometimes combined with dynamic acoustic guitar, and distinctive vocal style by Ian Anderson who also plays flute. Their "Thick As A Brick" has recently claimed by the reviewers of ProgArchives as The Most Pouplar Prog album of all time.

"J-Tull Dot Com" was their 1999 effort to promote their website. Musically, it's quite similar with their previous "Roots to Branches" album which basically a stratight rock music with evocative flute work. You would not find anything like "Aqualung" or "My God" or "Bakes St. Muse" or "Cross Eyed Marry" right here in this album. There is basically no catchy song that truly stirs your emotion. But, let's put it this way :

This album satisfies the expectation of flute-hungry prog lovers!

It depends on you whether or not you consider that flute is an enjoyable part in progressive music. For me personally, yes! In fact, I really admire those bands who use flute in rock style, including Focus and there was band from Hollands which sometimes used flute: Golden Earrings. I actually also love violin, in addition to flute, to be used in progressive rock music. Just imagine Genesis "Firth of Fifth" which sounds truly brillian with flute. Or, early King Crimson using violin (played by David Cross).

This album does not sound pretentious as typical old progressive rock tunes. However, I believe you would agree with me that the composition is tight with layers of eastern music. Even from the opening track you can feel it and it continues with other tracks. What also interesting is the use of guitar riffs reminiscence their "Aqualung" day, as you can find in "Hunt By Numbers" which has great guitar riffs in vintage style, blended wonderfully by flute work and accentuated singing style by Anderson. Also, other excellent riffs using guitar you can find in "El Nino". In fact, you can sense a bit of progressive metal vein even though the song itself is not metal at all.

Overall, I truly admire Jethro Tull with their ability to make this good album especially through tight composition while maintaining their music characteristics. Pick any song in this album, and ask your progmate to guess whose music is it? Your progmate would definitely say: "It's TULL!!!" (or, if he is a bit of wrong, he might say "Anderson" .. but it's okay.). Keep on proggin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW (i-Rock! Music Community)

Gatot | 3/5 |


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