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This review is from: Roots to Branches (Audio CD)
Although Roots To Branches rarely touches the heights of inspired brilliance Tull evinced on Songs From The Wood or its `companion` album Heavy Horses, this is an often superb late effort, with a strong lyrical edge, as befits its rustic title.
I`ve loved Jethro Tull since their first few classic LPs, and off & on Ian Anderson and his shifting line-up of ne`er-do-wells have pulled off some intriguing feats of mildly eccentric rock bravado. Occasionally they`ve plumbed the depths, though not too often, and once or twice a well-meaning effort hasn`t quite come off.
This is a good `un, with no dud tracks, merely one or two that meander a little and in which not quite enough happens to capture the interest.
The whole album has a lush, expansive, thoughtful feel to it, Anderson`s flute very much to the fore. What a gleaming sound it makes, too. His singing on these eleven songs sounds like a man who`s happy & proud in his work, as he should be. He`s always been a fine songwriter, can pen a lyric that Roy Harper might be proud of, and with a melodic gift that has made Tull a more tuneful band than some of their fellow contemporaries from the late 60s/70s.
I wouldn`t say there are standout tracks, this being simply a Tull album that`s great to have around, to play when in that "I must hear some English pastoral rock" mood, with a consistent high standard throughout.
Not their very best perhaps, but recommended.