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Jethro Tull


Prog Folk

3.23 | 651 ratings

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Man With Hat
3 stars A is a rather strange album IMO. The first one of Tull's discography to heavily use electronic sounds. This could be seen as an advantage or a disadvantage. Personally i see it a little more as a disadvantage, but more about that later. Eddie Jobson adds a nice touch to this album, filling it with violin, more so then previous Tull works. The musicans are in good form, and the instruments don't sound that bad (mosting meaning the drums not having that 80's sound. Its slightly present but doesn't really do the damage that sound does). Downsides: A few of the songs sound the same. This is most likley due to the electronic sound usage. Also, many of the songs sound like the voice is being manipulated to give it a processed effect. I'm not sure if this is the case, it just sounds like that. Either way, it also helps the songs sounding similar. A second downside: Ian's flute is not really showcased all that much. Many of the solos are handled by the guitar, keys, and violin. This is not nesacarily a bad thing, it just doesn't give it that "classic" Tull feel. But enough about the bad.

Highlights: Black Sunday. A very well done song and definitly worthy of classic Tull status. Includes a great guitar solo (especially on the DVD). Solid lyrics backup this very well written and well played number. Second, Protect And Survive. This song just has an awesome feel to it. One of the few "upbeat" numbers on the album, which is a plus IMO. Again, very well written and very well played. Finally, The Pine Marten's Jig. This one again breaks out of the overall feel of the album and is more in vein of classic Tull. Wonderful flute and guitar work, and overall a very good song.

The DVD: Not a bad little collectors item. By far not the best DVD of Tull's work, but a solid one nonetheless. My only complaint is that live footage is mixed in with video type footage (and some of it awfully stupid IMO). I guess i just miss the humor. But the live set makes up for it. Highlights: Black Sunday (with excellent guitar solo), Aqualung, and Locomotive Breath (as well as Ian's stage madness).

All in all, this is a solid Tull album. Although a bit of a letdown after the wonderful Stormwatch, it doesn't diminish the high points. The DVD is a nice bonus with the remastered edition. Definitly something for Tull fans, or for anyone who is looking for something alittle different by JT. 3 stars.

Man With Hat | 3/5 |


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