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4.2 out of 5 stars
Walk Into Light
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VINE VOICEon 22 March 2011
Released between the Broadsword and the Beast and Underwraps albums and written and played with keyboard player Peter John Vettese, it's not very surprising that this was Ian Anderson experimenting to the maximum with synthesizers and drum machines. Everyone else was doing the same. This was a time when every single was available in 12" format with extra drum machines and music in most pubs started thumping to the same monotonous beat. Given all that it's amazing this album survived as well as it did and that's down to some fundamentally good tunes and lyrics. Some tracks work extraordinarily well: Looking for Eden, Made in England and Different Germany in particular to my ear. Trains on the other hand is an absolutely dreadful slog that would sound awful no matter what instruments were used. If you don't like Underwraps or 'A' I can't see any way that you'll like this but if your comfortable with that style then this is another good set of songs.
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on 7 March 2018
I bought this as I already had the LP and wanted a cd copy. This is not your traditional Jethro Tull- more of an excurion into more electronic music which I like. Will not be every ones cup of tea though.
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on 17 November 2015
I have always thought this album was underrated since it came out in 1983.
Peter Vitesse really adds something and Ian Anderson really tried to do something different.
Tracks such as End Game, Toad In The Hole and Looking For Eden are three of the less obvious but excellent tracks.
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on 3 February 2016
Ian Anderson with or without the band, what a great entertaining musician.
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on 11 January 2002
I am a huge fan of Jethro Tull and consider several Tull albums to be amongst my all time favourites. But this offering from Ian Anderson is just awful. I am sorry to disagree with the previous reviewer but Ian just seems to be desperately jumping onto the [then] synthesiser bandwagon and the result is a horrible mix of poor songs, bad lyrics and half hearted performance. The only half way decent song being 'Made in England' showing just a little of that old Tull magic. I would lump this and the Tull album 'Under Wraps' as the only two Tull albums that I ended up throwing away as I felt they debased everything Tull stood for.
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on 7 July 2014
Surprisingly thoughtful, well made 80's solo album by Ian Anderson which has a number of stand-out classic tracks, in particular 'Looking for Eden' and 'Different Germany', which alone more than justify the cost of purchase for Tull fans. Somewhat perversely, Anderson decided to abandon the acoustic guitar completely for his first solo album, in complete defiance of audience expectations. As a result, the album bombed commercially. But despite the prevalence of electronic wizardry and use of drum machines, the trademark Anderson / Tull sound do manage to shine through - much more so than on 'Under Wraps', the band effort released shortly afterwards which was greatly inferior both in the quality of songwriting and musical arrangements. How Anderson could have produced two albums with such radically different characters within the space of a few months defies explanation. 'Walk into light' is much truer to the spirit of progressive, experimental rock and is definitely an underrated gem from this generally unsettled period in Tull's long musical career, when they were juggling commercial pressures against the demands of artistic integrity.
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on 18 March 2011
I can't really add much to what these reviews already say. The thoughts in these reviews pretty much are the same as my own. I remember buying the album in the tiny HMV shop in Southampton and feeling extremely disappointed with the cover (resembling, as it did, the old BBC test card). I wasn't encouraged either by the sound. It seemed to me that the 'A' album was a failed experiment with electronics, whilst Broadsword was a return to form, so this just looked like a backward step. But the album grew on me, as it did with everyone else. The mixture folk and electonics, coupled with quite brilliant lyrics works extremely well. The contents of the songs echoed my own life that November too. The dreams in 'Toad in the Hole' we all have when living in a small house (replete with a monchrome TV). 'Looking for Eden' is probably the strongest track on the CD. There isn't a duff track at all here and the music, though now extremely dated, is likely to grow on you with repeated listening. One personal reflection is that it created quite a magical atmosphere in our little house that winter and the music evokes a lot of memories unlikely to be matched in one lifetime.
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