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Older Tull fans don't like this....,
This review is from: Roots to Branches (Audio CD)
I'm a YOUNG (in comparison!) Tull-ite, who came to them long after their peak and maybe that helps because, like many other reviewers, I really do love Roots To Branches. The last four tracks, starting with 'Besides Myself' and ending with 'Harry's Bar' segue together seemlessly, like a folk-rock DJ at the top of his game might create, and I always switch to a more comfortable "me" when I hear the first few flute notes of Beside Myself.
Generally a slightly softer Tull album but an extremely accomplished one and one full of interesting and colourful, almost jazzy instrumentation. There's no snarled vocals or propulsed guitars of early classics. If 'easy listening' wasn't such a dirty word in proper music circles, I'd verge on using it, except this isn't banal bilge, with trite lyrics, but eas-IER Tull. Like 'grown-up gracefully', or 'mature'. A natural progression for Ian Anderson to take as Tull was now (then, 2006) in its 38th year!
As my subject lines states, a couple of friends of mine who were around buying records when Tull were born, perhaps can't place this album. Maybe it sits awkwardly in the band's chequered history or it's too "lounge" for them. But, I've had more enthusiasm from a deflated balloon than from them when I lent them my copy.
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Initial post: 17 Oct 2013 12:58:28 BDT
G. Donaldson says:
I'm 44 now and discovered Tull in the early 90s. For me Roots to Branches is a good, enjoyable album but often over-rated. It is undeniably superior to Cafish Rising and Dot.com but personally I still prefer almost every other Tull album to Roots to Branches, which is a far cry from Songs From the Wood, Minstrel in the Gallery (et al) quality.
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