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THE BROADSWORD AND THE BEAST

Jethro Tull

 

Prog Folk

3.26 | 443 ratings

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Tull Freak 94
4 stars Jethro Tull adapting to the 80s managing to simultaneously keep their identity.

80s synths are brought in by the much maligned Peter vettese but these are played tastefully and mixed with a generous proportion of mandolins, flutes etc in folksy passages. And all of this is held to together by the guitar of Martin Barre which sounds almost metallic at times. This is a return to more of a classic Tull sound after the A album (which was not intended to be a jethro Tull album anyway).

Unfortunately the formula developed in this album was seemingly thrown out the window for the following (disastrous) under wraps.

Highlights include Beastie, the Clasp (especially the introduction), Hard Times, Slow marching band, and Broadsword.

This is as good as Jethro Tull got in the 80s.

Tull Freak 94 | 4/5 |

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