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Jethro Tull


Prog Folk

3.23 | 650 ratings

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3 stars As others have said before me, this is by no means essential JT fare - however, this does not prevent "A" (which was originally to be a Ian Anderson solo project, hence the name) from being a rather pleasant listen. Besides,the remastered edition has the added bonus of a DVD, titled "Slipstream", which includes both videoclips and shots of the band's live performance during the tour they did to promote the album. On this DVD it is possible to witness some exciting versions of JT classics, such as "Locomotive Breath", enhanced by Eddie Jobson's peerless keyboard and violin work.

As a matter of fact, the blond, androgynous whizzkid (still very young at the time) appears as a special guest on the album, and his presence is possibly the most interesting element on "A". His synths give the band's folk-tinged sound a modern edge, although his contribution might have been given more space. The other band members include, besides stalwart guitarist Martin Barre (one of the most underrated six-stringers in rock), Fairport Convention bassist Dave Pegg and late American drummer Mark Craney, who unfortunately passed away just last year.

Standout tracks are "Flyingdale Flyer", a jagged little number with some great flute work by Mr Anderson himself, out-and-out JT-style rocker "Black Sunday", heavyweight "4WD (Low Ratio)", with its plodding yet strong rythm, and folky instrumental "The Pine Marten's Jig". The other songs, though not really anything to write home about, are certainly more than adequate and easy on the ear. As usual, Anderson's lyrics are sharp and witty, and he sings them in his inimitable, expressive style.

Though far from being an essential purchase, "A" is performed well enough to deserve to grace any good-sized prog collection, and will certainly provide an entertaining listen for those times when something more demanding won't do. Three solid stars.

Raff | 3/5 |


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