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Jethro Tull


Prog Folk

4.20 | 1513 ratings

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4 stars It was both a relief and a pleasure that I didn't have to struggle to spot the good bits on this album (as was the case with almost every album after 'Thick as a Brick'), because there are plenty. Tull's tenth studio album really feels like a breath of fresh air, against both its predecessors and successors. All the songs featured are memorable and accessible, yet still intricate in arrangement and instrumental execution. What actually keeps me from rating 'Songs from the Wood' with five stars is, as I repeatedly mentioned in all my Tull reviews from 'War Child' onwards, the production (although it's considerably better than any of the previous albums) and David Palmer's 'Elka' synthesiser. I can't stand the cheesiness of the sounds coming out of that piece of machinery. I'm sure it was cutting edge back then, but the sound of emulator synths from any era makes me cringe.

Overall, an album close to being great, especially since, for me, this would be Jethro Tull's last great record until the (surprisingly) good 'Roots to Branches'.

Ludjak | 4/5 |


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