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Jethro Tull - The Zealot Gene CD (album) cover


Jethro Tull


Prog Folk

3.34 | 190 ratings

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4 stars Pure JETHRO TULL! Well written songs with complexity and intelligence - Songs from the Wood meets The Secret Language of Birds.

Standout tracks include: Mrs. Tibbets; Mine is the Mountain; Barren Beth, Wild Desert John; and the title track, a wild and melodious ride through the great political divide.

Not to say that the remaining tracks don't shine. I love the entire record and as with most Tull recordings, it takes several listens to appreciate the depth and quality of the music. In particular, the primarily acoustic In Brief Visitation harkens back to some of Anderson's best solo acoustic pieces from the 70s. Wonderful!

As much as I love Martin Barre, I can't say that I miss him as Florian Ophale and Joe Parrish-James are both excellent throughout. Don't be sucked into the no-Martin, no-Tull nonsense or that Ian Anderson has a bunch of new musicians posing as Tull. Each member of the band that appears with Anderson on the Zealot Gene has been with him for over 15 years, with the exception of Parrish-James, a youthful and highly creative addition to the Tull fold. This is easily the longest duration of any lineup in the history of Jethro Tull.

A four-star effort, it ranks on par or better than some very good albums like Crest of a Knave, Roots to Branches and Dot Com. This is a memorable Jethro Tull album.

fraanco3 | 4/5 |


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