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Jethro Tull


Prog Folk

3.49 | 867 ratings

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3 stars After two immensely enjoyable folk inspired albums this third installment of the so called "Folk Trilogy" namely Stormwatch is a bit of a let down.It actually starts off well with the lively "North Sea OIl" all whip smart guitar riffs herky jerky rhythms and lilting flute work- it could have easily come straight off Heavy Horses.But unfortunately the good news ends there.As the next track "Orion" plods along it becomes clear this is no Son of Heavy Horses let alone another Folk-Prog beauty like Songs from the Wood.There are a few highlights such as the bouncy little instrumental "Warm Sporrum" the mesmerizing acoustic number "Old Ringhill and the beautiful closing instrumental "Elegy". But what really drags this album are the overblown "epics" Dark Ages" and "Flying Dutchman"-no matter how much the band try to pull out all the stops to liven things up what are basically fairly pedestrian tunes.And make no mistake- this album sounds good.It's well produced and Martin Barre does some stirling work especially on the hard rockers like "Something on the Move".Excellent drumming too.

So not a great album by any stretch, not even an excellent- just a good album worth the occasional spin

3 stars

Lupton | 3/5 |


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