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Overall Rock Island is similar to Crest of a Knave but worse. The lyrics on the title track are somewhat distasteful, in one verse rather belittling rape. 'The Whaler's Dues' is like a shoddy re-working of Flying Dutchman from Stormwatch "Are you still with me?" asks Ian in the song. "No!" comes the ludicrous reply. Says it all really. 'Undressed to kill' and 'Kissing Willie' are fun musically but seem to reflect Ian's last desperate lusting of middle age. There are still some good tracks though: 'Another Xmas Song' would provide superb support on a better album but here just seems to emphasise the lack of other decent material. The quiet sections of 'Ears of Tin' are great but the loud chorus tacked on sounds a bit clumbsy. 'Big Riff Mando' is another enjoyable and interesting track which adds some much needed variety. So it's by no means all bad but the days when the weak track on a Tull album was the exception had certainly come to an end.
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Initial post: 16 Jan 2012 13:03:42 GMT
G. Donaldson says:
This reviews sums up my own view of Rock Island. A decent album but a long way from being a Tull classic. As you say Another Christmas Song really stands out, as do Ears of Tin and the title track IMHO. Heavy Water is probably a fairly "standard fare" track but one I've always really liked. Beyond that, most of the album is largely forgettable/mediocre - for some reason The Rattlesnake Trail seems popular with fans, whereas I immediately found it a marked drop in quality for the band - very ordinary indeed.
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