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This review is from: Crest of Knave (Audio CD)The first time I heard Tull was on MTV's "New Video Hour" back in 1987. The music video for "Steel Monkey" played. Normally, I would not have paid much attention but my favorite band at the time, Iron Maiden, named Tull as a major influence in numerous articles I read. So I recorded the video. It had an almost country rock sound which was very different from what I was used to hearing. I was a heavy metal fan. Still, I liked it and went out and bought Crest of a Knave, my first Jethro Tull studio album. It was the first of many Tull records I would buy so it definitely sparked a new musical interest in me. I'll always have a soft spot for it and was very happy Jethro Tull won the hard rock grammy. Now that I've listened to all of Tull's previous studio releases many times through the last 15 years, Crest of a Knave is towards the bottom of my top Tull list. It's not a bad album by any means. It is a soothing album at times with tracks like "Farm on the Freeway," "She Said She Was a Dancer," and "Budapest." A lot of the songs are about loss, whether it be a way of life or an intriguing woman. There is some sadness to this album. There is also two references to Jack the Ripper which might make a great Tull trivia question. My favorite track is "Raising Steam" which is, in contrast, a fun rocker. The single "Steel Monkey" is, lyrically, very clever. It gets three stars because Tull's earlier releases were so amazing. They raised the bar. As much as I liked this album in 1987, I found better music when I "discovered" earlier Tull albums one by one (a very fun time for me). Unlike most Tull fans, I wish Ian Anderson continued in the direction of "A" and "Under Wraps" (a more interesting and innovative path) rather than towards the more country rock sound of the late 1980s early 1990s. Note for those like me living in the vinyl and cassette past: this CD has two more tracks: "Waking Edge" and "Dogs in the Midwinter" (I've always thought 7 tracks was a bit skimpy).
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Initial post: Jan 24, 2012 2:45:20 PM PST
Jennifer M. Coradi says:
This is the first time I've seen Tull and "country rock" linked in any way, shape or form! Although indeed "A" and "Under Wraps" were more modern in the sense that they were more electronic in nature, Tull's style could never be accurately described as anything even resembling "country", unless you are referring to the ENGLISH countryside, incl. Ireland, Scotland, Wales, etc...
"Crest" does an awesome job of capturing Tull's unique style and their energy as a great "70's rock band", fitting it into a new era of music culture. Celtic, folk, even classical, yes; But sorry, no "country rock" here my friend.
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