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Jethro Tull


Prog Folk

3.91 | 1019 ratings

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3 stars A fine collection of highpoints makes Benefit a worthy Tull release, but not without a few snags; when the band's blend of folk/blues/rock works-- it does so very well, though there are a few misfires in here as well.

The opener, "With You There to Help Me" is an amazing showcase of the classic Jethro Tull sound. A stellar arrangement shows off the group's energy and instrumental skills, with Anderson's dynamic flute effects and Barre's guitar jaming sounding excellent. In fact, Benefit works best when things are cranked up, as in the playful and rockin' "To Cry You a Song", and the killer guitar work on "Play in Time". These songs feature the band's tremendous style uniqueness very well.

Unfortunetly, the follow-up "Nothing to Say" is pretty much self-explanatory. This tune (as well as "Son", and "Time for Everyting") come across as somewhat bland and feel very "stand- alone", in that they don't seem to fit in to any context and tend to be over before ideas have fully developed. While not bad, they come and go with a distinct malaise when compared to the more outstanding tracks.

The good stuff in Benfit is very good, and even the filler is enjoyable. Even so, I didn't make quite as a connection with me as some of the band's other albums; I attribute it to Anderson's vocals and a sort of stand-offish feel to some of the songs. Very near the four star mark, but I was left wanting more.

Songwriting: 3 Instrumental Performances: 3 Lyrics/Vocals: 3 Style/Emotion/Replay: 3

Prog Leviathan | 3/5 |


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