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Jethro Tull


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A slightly harder edged Jethro Tull album, with more guitar orientated tracks than we are used to. Anderson's flute, while regularly used of course, is not as dominant as on other Tull albums.

A number of the tracks are orchestrated, with the lengthy "Dark ages" in particular benefiting from the rounder sound. Martin Barre's lead guitar is also allowed to appear more upfront from time to time, but it's still very much a Tull album.

With Anderson's highly distinctive vocals and style of delivery, the strength of the song-writing tends to be what distinguishes a good Tull album from a great one. For me, the song-writing here falls into the good category, and thus so does the album.

The loose concept of man's relationship with his planet does not really come across that clearly, despite the presence of celebrity British weatherman Frances Wilson on "Dun Ringill".

There are a couple of slightly slower, more ballad like tracks, but this is in essence just another JT album. Fans will enjoy it, others may feel they've heard it all before.

Easy Livin | 3/5 |


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