The cyber-centric title of Jethro Tull's 25th collection of new music is cause for pause. Ye olde art-rock band dropping au courant lingo into their songs from the wood? Ian Anderson intoning with characteristic gravity: "Punch my name and in case you wonder / I'll be yours / Yours dot com"? Hmmm. What would that poor old sod Aqualung think? Get past the notion that these fixtures of prog-rock have hit upon the dubious notion of using an album title as a billboard for their Web site, however, and you've got a collection that will leave Tull true believers contented. The group's inimitable hard rock and otherworldly folk brew makes no less--or more--sense now than it did when the group emerged with such unlikely hits as the aforementioned Aqualung and 1972's Thick as a Brick, which consisted of one 43-minute song spread over two sides of a record. If they could pull that off, these durable graybeards can find love on the Internet. --Steven Stolder
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Tull has truly returned to the greatness it routinely enjoyed 20 years ago. The song-writing is uniformly inspired, unlike the hit-or-miss quality of recent efforts. Ian Anderson's voice sounds its best since Under Wraps. Martin Barre's guitar work continues its exceptional tastefulness as part of a band, rather than as a solo instrument. Andy Giddings's keyboards are used less for background texture, as on recent albums, but more for effects. The result is a leaner sound, similar to the pre-synthesizer days. Jonathan Noyce is powerful on bass, making one forget Dave Pegg (which is hard to do). I continue to miss Barrie Barlow on drums; his "busy" style is one that Anderson claims in retrospect to have disliked (but that may have to do more with their personality differences, than with musical ones). I think it was a style that made Tull's sound unique. By contrast, Doane Perry's considerable gifts are displayed primarily with regard to cymbal effects,...
I just saw Jethro Tull in Reno, and while this was not the most profound musical experience I've ever had, they were in great form. Clearly, this band has its own unique chemistry that, having seen them live, helps me to put this new CD in perspective. Ian is a relaxed master with nothing to prove, and perhaps even with nothing to say in the way that we all wrapped our hearts around growing up. I hear this as the work of a man who has created come of the most amazing music ever, and rather than living in High Concept as in the early years, is living in the same world you and I live in, and allowing subtlety and humor to orchestrate his music, rather than the profound cultural, relationship and sexual tensions that defined his early works. He's not our guide to reality any longer, and I think he's doing us all a favor by not trying to be. And, I still believe there is a masterpiece finale work to come. From watching Ian on stage, athletic and having a good time, the...
I've been a die-hard Tull fan since the mid 70s and have every album they've released. J-TULL DOT COM is their best new material in over 10 years. If you're a Tull fan, you MUST have this new album - you will not be disappointed. The lyrical content, depth of sound and Ian's flute playing are reminiscent of much older Tull albums. I've always enjoyed Tull's material from the 70's - there was more of an "edge" to the music and lyrics. While more polished than "Living in the Past", "Warchild" and "Aqualung", J-TULL DOT COM really grabs you and takes you for a ride. I found that it really got into my system - much more so that "Catfish Rising" or "Rock Island". Don't hesitate - GET J-TULL DOT COM!!! It's AWESOME! Also - you MUST see Jethro Tull live if you have the chance!
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