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Jethro Tull


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2.71 | 524 ratings

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3 stars I know that this is not Tull's best album but I really enjoy this one very much despite modern sounds used down here. "Kissing Willie" is a straight rocker with organ and guitar rhythm. "The Rattlesnake Trail" continues the same vein with more use of flute in rock style. "Ears of Tin" is a very nice mellow track with good melody and nice acoustic guitar. "Undressed To Kill" brings the music back to rock but this time with harmonious flute and electric guitar work. "Rock Island" is my best song coming out from this album. It has a very strong melody with solid composition. It reminds me to the band's "Heavy Horses" album. "Heavy Water" is another good rocker with aggressive flute work and electric guitar. "Another Christmas Song" is a slow ballad with pop structure. "The Whaler's Dues" has an ambient opening with flute and keyboard augmented with electric guitar work. It's another good composition with a bit of complex arrangement in some segments. Melody-wise, this is the strongest track of the whole album and it has become my favorite as well. "Big Riff And Mando" brings the music up to an energetic one with guitar riffs. "Strange Avenues" is another excellent track with ambient flute and guitar work in atmospheric setting. Oh, I love the aggressive flutework in dynamic music setting and spacey nuance. It's a favorite.

It's not the best album from Tull but it's good one. Keep on proggin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

Gatot | 3/5 |


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