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Jethro Tull - Songs From The Wood CD (album) cover


Jethro Tull


Prog Folk

4.18 | 1294 ratings

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4 stars This one seemed to increse in popularity recently, maybe due to the 2003 remastered versions? I surely didn't hurt the band because this sounds very rich and up-to-date!

The vocals, the flute and acoustic guitars are clear and crisp. I never heard a 70's album so well remastered or at least, an album that the technology improved so much my listening enjoyment. The content is pretty well described by the cover: songs inspired by rural, anti-urban simple lifestyle. Well, when multi millionaires tell us about going back to more humble ways of living, it could sound fak, but not this time. Simply because Ian Anderson is putting emphasis on the poetry of the country and the surroundings than the values of simplifying your life (which is reflecting in the fantasy lyrics of many tracks).

The music itself is delicious as homemade apple pie. I was very surprised how this album could easily pass for Gentle Giant lost material (especially Velvet Green). Many times the keyboards lines and patterns reminds me of Kinnear. It's honestly the closest thing to Octopus that I've heard, and some other times it shares some similarities with Acquiring the Taste. For a big Gentle Giant fan as I am, this is a primo choice. Finally, I guess it's aslo useless to tell you about the furious medieval/ folkish flute, making this a very strong Tull album. Curious fact: Could the song 'The Whistler' be a secret hommage to George Whittaker?

Fans of the bluesy / heavy Jethro Tull will surely miss Barre's guitar and Evan's Hammond, but for the others who likes the folk more than the rock, this is a brillant record to invest money in.

Sugar Shack potential guaranteed.

Menswear | 4/5 |


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