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Over the Crest and down the other side...
on 17 July 2010
This seems to be the album that Ian Anderson wants us to admire the most judging by his interviews. The song writing and arrangements are supposed to be a notch above all that went before. I love JT but for me this is the album where it all began to fall apart. The lyrics are often weak with some cringe making lines on Budapest "Her legs went on forever, Like staring at infinity". In fact this album seemed to herald the arrival of IA's second adolescence. Some of the music is very good but Martin Barre seems to have decided he wants to sound like Mark Knopfler for some reason (Dire Straits were massively popular at the time). The drumming is poor, often provided by a drum machine. The album is saved by a couple of good but contrasting songs: Steel Monkey is a very powerfull and original modern sounding rock song and Mountain Men has a melodic old fashioned highlands theme which rolls along very nicely.