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Jethro Tull

 

Prog Folk

3.18 | 392 ratings

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LSDisease
3 stars 3.5 stars really

A was about to be Ian Anderson solo album. Fortunatelly he invited Martin Barre to record electric guitar parts and it became another Jethro Tull studio album. Eddie Jobson as special guest was responsible for all keyboard parts and he played also electric violin which was good for this release really. Not remastered CD version sounds pretty lame so if you want it louder and clearer better go for remastered version. Album starts with cool hard rock tune Crossfire. It's very good song and very catchy. Still not cheesy so you can enjoy it the way you enjoyed North Sea Oil or Quizz Kid. Flyingdale Flyer was set for promo video. It's still good song with great vocal lines. Working John, Working Joe is something closer to Heavy Horses but not as good as songs on that famous release. Black Sunday is probably the best tune on A. Mostly due to fantastic piano parts. But this song is also quite heavy. I mean not as heavy as heavy metal just more like classical hard rock. Protect And Survive is dynamic and great flavoured with violins song. Violins appear also in Uniform. In fact there's kind of country and western solo on violins. Very original I must admit. Batteries Not Included is dark and heavy song with experimental synthesizers. I like it very much. 4 W.D. strong blues rock song with typical flute parts of Ian Anderson smells oil. A good one. And that's it. Last two songs don't touch me at all. I don't know how to classify this release. It's still progressive I think. Still not cheesy. Still good album. There's lack of something. I don't know, maybe lack of conceptual mood that would make a bond between the songs. But I enjoy this record anyway. Maybe not the best Jethro Tull album but worth of attention. It's a bit experimental stuff done by Ian but experimental in a good way.

LSDisease | 3/5 |

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