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Jethro Tull

 

Prog Folk

3.19 | 389 ratings

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Chus
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3 stars Stormwatch was not their last prog-folk era album, so it seems.

If a Jethro Tull album has to be called their first sell-out album, this isn't it; 'tis their next album "Broadsword And The Beast", which I found quite boring and tedious. This was still darned with very cheesy production, thus one has the prejudice to call this their sell-out. But the songwritting muse was still there, providing Anderson with rich melodies and odd time signatures, but basically this was not the prog-folk JT as far as members are concerned; yet the music still has that folk drop that was omnipresent in the famous "folk trilogy".

Of course, basically the album sort of sounds different, adding electronic instrumentation (still no drum machine) and even violin is brought by the proficient Eddie Jobson, adding the fiddling to the folk. Another reason of this change came from the fact that this was not even supposed to be a JT album, but the first Anderson's solo album; but I guess some greed got the worst part of the record company to sell this as another Tull record, and in doing so, they sacked everyone who were not involved in the project (Barlow, Palmer and Evan). Probably not the best move, and who knows what might had happened if the former Tull line-up had stand all along. But this is not as bad as the next two albums.

If you're dubious about this one being forgotten prog-folk Tull album, just listen to "The Pine Marten's Jig", "Uniform" and "Working John, Working Joe", and ake a judgement off them. 3.5 stars really, but lowered.

Chus | 3/5 |

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