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Jethro Tull


Prog Folk

3.09 | 822 ratings

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2 stars Gotta go with the majority on this one: this is hardly one of Tull's best albums. Stuck in the middle of an impressive string of albums, 'Too Old...' is chock full of forgettable songs, dull production, poor artwork, and even some uninspired playing. The conceptual premise seems a little silly, but it is nevertheless conveyed extremely well, thanks to Ian Anderson's lyrical wit.

The album is terribly let down by its first half. I can't recommend anything on the first side other than the dramatic acoustic-based "Salamandar" (which could've been on 'Stand Up'), but things pick up with "Big Dipper", which brings back the exciting, hardrocking Tull electricity. The title track possesses a catchy chorus melody and some superb, almost melancholy singing from Anderson. "Pied Piper" isn't all the title promises (with a title like that, it would have to be a Jethro Tull anthem, wouldn't it? But it's formulaic and flat). Things end with a theatrical fluorish in "The Chequered Flag (Dead Or Alive)", a song with a good bit of drama, but it's a little sleepy too...and on an album that could've used a bit more life, it's maybe not the best choice for a closer. This is the only '70s-era Tull studio album you can easily live without.

slipperman | 2/5 |


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