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Jethro Tull


Prog Folk

3.91 | 961 ratings

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3 stars Being for the benefit of Mr. Anderson

I think it is fair to say that Benefit is a transitional album. As such, it shares some of the weaknesses of the two 60's albums, but it also points humbly toward what was to come after it (on Aqualung). Unlike many others, I personally think that Benefit is better than the band's first two albums overall, even if it lacks clear standout tracks. But I still find it somewhat immature in relation to what was soon to come.

The straightforward Blues Rock of This Was and Stand Up is toned down here in favour of more Folk and even a bit of Beatles-like Pop. The production is better than on the former two albums. Mr. Anderson's distinctive flutes and vocals are again clearly recognizable here, and they sound better than before, but it was still not at all evident what a great band they would soon become.

Like I said in previous reviews, Prog fans should begin with Aqualung and ignore the first three albums at least until they have acquired most or all of the band's post-Aqualung output, most of which is better than these early albums.

Good, but still not essential

SouthSideoftheSky | 3/5 |


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