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BENEFIT

Jethro Tull

 

Prog Folk

3.90 | 913 ratings

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UMUR
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3 stars Jethro Tull had a bumpy start to their career. First they made the average blues rock album This Was, then they made the fantastic rock album Stand Up which is a personal Jethro Tull favorite of mine, and then this their third album Benefit which I find a little below average. I always wondered how Jethro Tull could make an album like benefit after making such a strong album as Stand Up, but I guess itīs hard to follow up a succes like that one.

The music on Benefit is much more emotional and moody than on the rocking Stand Up. It almost seems like Ian Anderson is crying when singing some of the songs. Itīs very suiting that one of the songs are called To Cry You a Song. Itīs unfortunately not the best Jethro Tull album and I think the songwriting lacks a bit sometimes. The only real highlight for me is Sossity: Youīre a Woman which I find beautiful. Clearly the best song here.

The musicians are good as always, but the flute which Ian Anderson used extensively on Stand Up is not as present here despite the picture on the front cover of Ian in his famous posture. I think I hear more piano bits on Benefit than on Stand Up.

The sound quality isnīt very good and it doesnīt really help the songs to come out.

I always though Benefit should have come after This Was and not after Stand Up as it is clearly a step down from the wonderful Stand Up and not a continuation of that style. Benefit is an ok album on itīs own premises but put up against Stand Up it donīt stand a chance. Iīll give it 3 small stars and maybe Iīm even being too nice here. Itīs one of the more forgettable Jethro Tull albums really. If youīre new to Jethro Tull donīt start here.

UMUR | 3/5 |

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