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Jethro Tull


Prog Folk

3.34 | 966 ratings

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Erik Nymas
3 stars We all know that Ian had a lot of ideas about Warchild, a 3rd concept, the film, a lot of work and go on... well I've warchild in my collection since 2001, but I've not given him a look even to the back sleeve, what a waste of money it isn't? So 2 months ago I've said do myself boy put it on at least a time, cannot be worst than The story of the hare who lost his spectacles (or whatever it calls, stupid thing really!)... So that's the story of the singer that lost his budget!

We got 10 songs (plus 7 bonus track that I'll ignore) leaving the introductions on some songs and without counting the pop parts (and here we got some of them), we have still a decent work but I think the central core of the album is amiless without the full concept... we start with Warchild, a nice piece of music but from ...know how it feels to be thick as a brick to I'll take you down to that bright city mile... it is a huge chasm... of nothing and emptyness... however it's still nice and strong enough to be on radioes...

Queen and Country begin with the Accordion (that remaind me some italian folk ballade) and follow the same tunes for a bit (and in background for the lenght of the song) a decent use of battery time and violin keep this track togheter, Ladies in some way remark the old-good-Tulls with a structure very similar to APP and with a prelude to Ministrel central part (too bad it loses consistance at the end), follow the Back-Door Angels a slow motive where we see some music (finally something decent) with a good work of Barre and Barlow, Sealion (I really hate the Accordion anyway) is the best track, full of the charge that gives the JT music... pause

6-7-8 the tracks from APP

- Skating Away pop track, with (I don't understand why) some influences of earlier Tulls, here they plays like some tracks on Aqua side 1...

- Bungle in some ways remaind me the Guns 'n' Roses song, maybe 'cause they are both all but prog music, again a pop worthless song

- Only Solitaire the only song of APP refugees that seems a bit prog (96 seconds of song), it's a solo of guitar that make couple with Ian voice, nice one

The third hoorah nice really nice joke Ian, even the march with the flute... I think someone have laughted at you when you wrote this, the only thing I can say to defend it is the voice of Ian that's perfect (even if the text is composed of 10 or so word repeated), now the great end so great that they rearranged it in the 20 anniversary disc... Two Fingers (better known maybe as Lick your finghers clean) begin with an that I don't understand... maybe 'cause it end at the beginning of the song to reprise when Ian don't sing.

Vote: 3/5 no bonus even if David Palmer makes the God...

Erik Nymas | 3/5 |


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