What does it sound like?:
Like Tull? Like a bit of light classical music too? Then this is your lucky day, as what we have here is a selection of the best of the mighty Tull, creatively reimagined, reworked and performed by The Carducci String Quartet, with judicious assistance as required by Ian Anderson’s flute and vocals.
To differentiate these treatments from the original songs on which they are based, Anderson has given each piece a new title, each referring back to its inspiration. About half of these are purely instrumental, while the remainder feature some vocal passages from Anderson, along with his acoustic guitar, mandolin and of course his ever present flute. However, it is the string quartet that is the star of the show on this album. Their playing is sublime throughout, and gives a new lease of life to these now quite long in the tooth songs.
While Anderson’s flute playing is as good as ever, his voice has lost some of its power over the years. However, in this context that doesn’t seem to matter, as it’s the instrumentation and arrangements that bear the main weight of carrying these songs.
The strongest pieces – We Used To Bach, which combines We Used To Know with Bach’s Prelude in C, Farm, The Fourway and Songs And Horses, a string quartet only mash up of the title tracks from Tull’s brace of classic seventies folk rock albums. The album ends with Aquafugue, perhaps the most daring and innovative track here, a transformation of Aqualung into a Beethoven style fugue
What does it all *mean*?
An album that perhaps shouldn’t be taken too seriously in the grand scheme of things, but which nevertheless has some serious depth to it.
Goes well with…
Tull albums from their Imperial era, light classics, a glass of good wine
Might suit people who like…
Timeless and classic songs reborn by being given a new twist by a fresh creative spirit!