The Meandering Hexagon

Listener's Log: Jethro Tull - The String Quartets

Album: The String Quartets
Artist: Ian Anderson (Or is it Tull? Bit confusing that)
Release Date: 24 March 2017
Date Listened: 25 March 2017
Remarks: Aha. The album we've all been waiting for. Actually, I've been waiting for a solid classical interpretation of the works of Tull for quite some time. They've been largely ignored by the likes of 2Cellos and the Vitamin String Quartet and there's only been a smattering of YouTube covers and two albums that left me a bit wanting (A Classic Case and Ian Anderson plays the Orchestral Jethro Tull). I had high expectations for this album. All of what I heard before the release was promising. The string arrangements are fantastic, but the biggest problem is that Anderson isn't willing to step aside. There's quite a few times where he bursts out into song, something I wasn't looking for on an album of instrumentals and on this version of Wond'ring Aloud, he actually strums his guitar. Rather a bit of a downer. The tracks that are best are the ones that feature just strings and flute, and these are really quite enjoyable. My ambition is to use them in a film of some sort.
Stand Out Tracks: In the Past, Sossity Waiting, Bungle, We Used to Bach, Farm,the Fourway, Velvet Gold

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