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Jethro Tull


Prog Folk

4.03 | 1150 ratings

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After the somewhat disappointing War Child/Living With The pass, and the flawed 'Passion Play', Jethro Tull aimed to compose a balanced album having both epics and short tracks, while doing so with good songwriting efforts. The songs are good, but the epic is even weaker than Passion Play.

1. Minstrel In The Gallery is easily the strongest song of the album, and one of the band's best pieces they have ever composed. It combines all the elements of Jethro Tull together to create a brilliant song. 8.5/10

2. Cold Wind To Valhalla : A rock song with great electric guitars and flute playing. 7/10

3. Black Satin Dancer : An overlong track in which has its best moments in the ultra- virtuosic and mesmerizing musical explosion at minute 2-3. IT should have ended there, but it instead continued with weaker passage. 6.5/10

4. Requiem : An acoustic guitar driven folk song that is very pretty. It has a symphonic finale. 7.5/10

5. One White Duck/0^10 = Nothing At All : Another acoustic folk song. This one has a faster pace. 6/10

6. Baker St. Muse : Mediocre Epic. I can never remember its melodies after I finish listening to the album, because nothing seems to resemble a melody!! There's a nice riff or musical moment here and there, and the music sounds pretty, but it doesn't save the overlong epic. 4/10

7. Grace : A short acoustic finale.

My Rating : C+

Zitro | 3/5 |


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