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CATFISH RISING

Jethro Tull

 

Prog Folk

2.58 | 287 ratings

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SouthSideoftheSky
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1 stars The American Jethro Tull album

Out of all of the many Jethro Tull albums, Catfish Rising is my least favoured one. As Ian himself says in the liner notes to the CD, this is the most Blues-influenced album since 1968's This Was and that "almost a total lack of Folk and Classical stylings exist on this work". I don't understand why some people seem to think that this is a continuation of the previous two albums. To my ears, this is a completely different kettle of fish. What strikes me is just how American this album sounds. I don't much like American Blues Rock, I must say. There is less keyboards, and even less flute for that matter, on this album. The progressive song structures are not anywhere here and the inspiration is absent too.

Under Wraps was a weak album, but it was at least trying out something new. This music is just plain, dull, middle-of-the-road, old man's mid-tempo Blues Rock. A few years later the band would return with the excellent and very different Roots To Branches. Catfish Rising is definitely one to pass by

SouthSideoftheSky | 1/5 |

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