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MINSTREL IN THE GALLERY

Jethro Tull

 

Prog Folk

4.03 | 1138 ratings

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4 stars One white duck on your wall.

Minstrel in the gallery was the last Tull album i got into, and believe me, it took some serious listening to understand this album. This is to me, the most rewarding of the "less" popular Tull albums. There's a clear resemblence to Aqualung here, and if it wouldn't be for the lack of monster hits like the songs "Aqualung" and "Locomotive Breath", Minstrel in the gallery could easily compete with its older siblings.

The opening track has a nice bassline and rocks out quite nicely, the problem for me is that it tries to resemble "Aqualung" too much and just doesn't make the cut. It's still a nice track though. I think that the rest of the albums flows through decently, i've never needed to skip a track on this album, and that atleast for me says something. The flute solo on "Black Satin Dancer" maybe goes a little overboard, but that's what Tull is all about. There is, of course, clear highlights on the album. "Cold Wind To Valhalla" and "Baker Street Muse" stand out the most, but i also like the pretty little tune "Requiem".

Minstrel maybe isn't perfect, but when you get into it it gives much more than say, Benefit, has ever given me. 4 and a half star would be ideal but i don't do that so it's a 4. Great album.

paragraph7 | 4/5 |

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