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MINSTREL IN THE GALLERY

Jethro Tull

 

Prog Folk

3.97 | 790 ratings

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Alitare
4 stars

Another classic release from Jethro Tull. Here you will find a solid mix between so many styles. From hard rock, to progressive rock, to folk and folk rock. Ian's flute and vocals pepper this album and add so many fanciful melodies to the work.

Minstrel in the Gallery is a showcase of how the whole album goes in a way. Followed by The hypnotically fascinating Cold Wind to Valhalla. Black Satin Dancer kicks things up a bit, and adds more enjoyable melodies to the mix. Then comes Requiem, a solid acoustic piece. One White Duck has to be the most directly beautiful song on the album. The vocals are absolutely spine tingling at times, and lyrically the entire album is steeped in Ian's masterful English medieval imagery. Tull always had some of the greatest lyrics I've ever heard. Baker St. Muse. is an unexpected epic. It flows from hard rocking to tasteful folk movements. Lyrically challenging, and visceral in its prettiness. Ended by the short acoustic snippet "Grace" the entire album is a joy to behold, and truly a classic for Jethro Tull.

The album does suffer form a few disjointed melodies, and the production seems needlessly stark at times, but not enough as to do any real damage to the overall album as a whole. Four solid Stars

Alitare | 4/5 |

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