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Jethro Tull


Prog Folk

3.49 | 771 ratings

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2 stars Freezing cold.

Not that musically interesting, too. Lyrically focused on the energy crisis, 'Stormwatch' is a depressing, post-apocalyptic vision of the near future. As such, it stands alone fine, but musically leaves a lot to be desired. While, interestingly, the best-produced album of Jethro Tull's 'folk-rock' trilogy, it's also the least interesting. Like all post-'Passion Play' albums (except 'Songs from the Wood'), it has such highlights that stand out like beacons in the sea of mediocrity (the mediocre material, similarly to albums like 'War Child' and 'Too Old...' I can still appreciate structurally and lyrically, but the casual listener will find it quite tedious), the mentioned being 'Dark Ages' and 'Dun Ringill' (still not as great as other Tull acoustic classics, but close enough). The whole album leaves a bit of a bitter taste, so I recommend it only to fans, since they will certainly find something they like (if not most) on this 'epitaph' album of Tull's 70s lineup. 1980 will mark the dissolution of this group and the start of a different band.

Ludjak | 2/5 |


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