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Jethro Tull


Prog Folk

2.71 | 524 ratings

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3 stars I'm kind of hoping that Tull have left their Dire Straits thing from the previous album behind. Sadly it quickly becomes apparant that although this is a harder rocking album I still here those danged Dire Straits inflections - if I wanted Dire Straits that is what I would get hold of. "Kissing Willy" - Oh, so that's your name for that thing? Standard hard rock here. "The Rattlesnake Trail" - again standard flute laced rock. "Ears of Tin" - way better than the previous two tracks but nothing special. "Undressed to Kill" - Ok track but nothing to keep my mind on it. "Rock Island" - Ok track but which holds my interest better than the previous fare. "Heavy Water" - This far into the album this is easily the best track for me. Still straight ahead rock but it is interesting. "Another Christmas Song" - One thing that gets me down is the word Christmas as part of the name of a track - I just know that I'm invariably going to get a track that is aimed at the Christmas spend spree. Awwww we have to get that to play on Christmas eve. "The Whaler's Dues" - this is the tower of the album and a really tall one it is at that - I love this track not least for the fact that it speaks of a subject close to my heart. This is more like the Tull that I want to hear at this point. "Big Riff and Mando" - an ok track, nothing more or less. "Strange Avenues" - Early reference in the lyrics to Aqualung. This is the second track on the album that I really enjoy and seeing that it's the final track that's not saying much for the album at all. "Christmas Song (live) (bonus) - I enjoy this track - where has this Jethro Tull gone to? "Cheap Day Return / Mother Goose" (live) (bonus) - as per my comment relating to the previous track. "Locomotive Breath" - Oh where, oh where have they gone? - maybe I'll find em on the next release.

Well - the album doesn't make me want to throw out (as my son used to say when he was feeling particularly ill as a really young lad) but aside from two tracks it doesn't make me want to reach to turn up the volume either. 3 sad stars from me as it isn't at all bad if what you're looking for is standard rock fare and two tracks almost had me standing up and applauding insanely.

sukmytoe | 3/5 |


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