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Jethro Tull


Prog Folk

2.25 | 543 ratings

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3 stars While The Broadsword and the Beast and Ian Anderson's under-rated solo effort Walk into Light pointed in an increasingly electronic direction, the opening bars of Lap of Luxury with the drum machine to the fore were a shock to many. Indeed, if there is a divisive Tull album this it. But it is progressive and experimental: this is the band exploring what was for them new sounds and ways of making music, something they wouldn't do again until 1995's Roots to Branches.

Yes it lacks the warmth and atmosphere of Broadsword, but it is exciting, with songs like Heat and Nobody's Car charging along. There are some beautiful melodies - Radio Free Moscow, Under Wraps 2 stand out - and some great guitar work by Martin Barre.

Its a good example of a early eighties British electronic music, a sort Ultravox or Depeche Mode with added electric guitar.

thehumanstomach | 3/5 |


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