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Jethro Tull


Prog Folk

3.01 | 436 ratings

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2 stars Not a sum of it's parts.

Dot Com is a perplexing album in that all of the songs are well played but just don't mesh. After the fantastic melodic display, witty to wistful lyrics and killer time changes of Roots To Branches, Dot Com just falls flat. The songwriting, musically and lyrically, is not on the same level of that found on RtB, but the same holds true for the weak Catfish Rising and Rock Island albums. Both are somewhat musically satisfying with a handful of standout songs but I can find none memorable on Dot Com. Of those that had promise (but not staying power) Spiral, Awol, and Wicked Windows are noteworthy but the title track, Hunt By Numbers, Bends Like A Willow and Far Alaska are just plain boring while Hot Mango Flush and El Nino, where Ian goes Caribbean, are just laughable, despite Martin Barre being reanimated on guitar and Anderson giving a clinic on both concert and bamboo flutes throughout the album. Anderson made two impressive solo albums after this debacle, The Secret Language of Birds and Rupie's Dance. I wish one of those was the last album to carry the Jethro Tull moniker. Perhaps shortening the band's name on Dot Com's album cover to J-Tull was sage.

SteveG | 2/5 |


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