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Jethro Tull|The Zealot Gene

The Zealot Gene

Jethro Tull

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Twenty years is a long time to wait for a proper Jethro Tull studio release, particularly when the previous one was a Christmas album. The frontman, singer and flautist Ian Anderson, is the only member of the original line-up left (Martin Barre, the guitarist who joined in 1968, just one year after the creation of the band, left in 2012). Anderson is now accompanied by members of the backing band that had played with him during his recent solo endeavours. To see him return as Jethro Tull after such a long hiatus is surprising, particularly with this line-up.

So, has Jethro Tull changed much after all this time? The folk vibe is definitely still there, but the progressive element less so. The Zealot Gene is still essentially progressive, after all it is a concept album featuring stories from many different Bible verses, all retold like fairy tales. The result is a record on which the longest track, Mrs. Tibbets, lasts less than 6 minutes. Perhaps Tull is looking to adopt a sound that’s a bit more pop?

The frontman’s flute is still a trademark, as are the skilfully organised melodies that are distributed among the different instruments (for example, The Betrayal of Joshua Kynde, which feels similar to the band's old work from fifty years ago). The rest is a mid-tempo ensemble which can only be fully appreciated once you’ve had time to fully digest it. Even if The Zealot Gene feels worlds away from the band’s previous Studio Albums like Aqualung or Thick as a Brick, it still feels like pure, unapologetic Jethro Tull— and it’s masterful from start to finish. © Chief Brody/Qobuz

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1
Mrs Tibbets
00:05:53

Jethro Tull, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Anderson, Composer, Lyricist, Producer

(P) 2022 InsideOutMusic under licence from The Ian Anderson Group of Companies Ltd.

2
Jacob's Tales
00:02:12

Jethro Tull, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Anderson, Composer, Lyricist, Producer

(P) 2022 InsideOutMusic under licence from The Ian Anderson Group of Companies Ltd.

3
Mine Is the Mountain
00:05:40

Jethro Tull, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Anderson, Composer, Lyricist, Producer

(P) 2022 InsideOutMusic under licence from The Ian Anderson Group of Companies Ltd.

4
The Zealot Gene
00:03:54

Jethro Tull, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Anderson, Composer, Lyricist, Producer

(P) 2022 InsideOutMusic under licence from The Ian Anderson Group of Companies Ltd.

5
Shoshana Sleeping
00:03:40

Jethro Tull, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Anderson, Composer, Lyricist, Producer

(P) 2021 InsideOutMusic under licence from The Ian Anderson Group of Companies Ltd.

6
Sad City Sisters
00:03:41

Jethro Tull, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Anderson, Composer, Lyricist, Producer

(P) 2021 InsideOutMusic under licence from The Ian Anderson Group of Companies Ltd.

7
Barren Beth, Wild Desert John
00:03:38

Jethro Tull, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Anderson, Composer, Lyricist, Producer

(P) 2022 InsideOutMusic under licence from The Ian Anderson Group of Companies Ltd.

8
The Betrayal of Joshua Kynde
00:04:05

Jethro Tull, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Anderson, Composer, Lyricist, Producer

(P) 2022 InsideOutMusic under licence from The Ian Anderson Group of Companies Ltd.

9
Where Did Saturday Go?
00:03:52

Jethro Tull, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Anderson, Composer, Lyricist, Producer

(P) 2022 InsideOutMusic under licence from The Ian Anderson Group of Companies Ltd.

10
Three Loves, Three
00:03:29

Jethro Tull, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Anderson, Composer, Lyricist, Producer

(P) 2022 InsideOutMusic under licence from The Ian Anderson Group of Companies Ltd.

11
In Brief Visitation
00:03:01

Jethro Tull, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Anderson, Composer, Lyricist, Producer

(P) 2022 InsideOutMusic under licence from The Ian Anderson Group of Companies Ltd.

12
The Fisherman of Ephesus
00:03:40

Jethro Tull, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Anderson, Composer, Lyricist, Producer

(P) 2022 InsideOutMusic under licence from The Ian Anderson Group of Companies Ltd.

Album Description

Twenty years is a long time to wait for a proper Jethro Tull studio release, particularly when the previous one was a Christmas album. The frontman, singer and flautist Ian Anderson, is the only member of the original line-up left (Martin Barre, the guitarist who joined in 1968, just one year after the creation of the band, left in 2012). Anderson is now accompanied by members of the backing band that had played with him during his recent solo endeavours. To see him return as Jethro Tull after such a long hiatus is surprising, particularly with this line-up.

So, has Jethro Tull changed much after all this time? The folk vibe is definitely still there, but the progressive element less so. The Zealot Gene is still essentially progressive, after all it is a concept album featuring stories from many different Bible verses, all retold like fairy tales. The result is a record on which the longest track, Mrs. Tibbets, lasts less than 6 minutes. Perhaps Tull is looking to adopt a sound that’s a bit more pop?

The frontman’s flute is still a trademark, as are the skilfully organised melodies that are distributed among the different instruments (for example, The Betrayal of Joshua Kynde, which feels similar to the band's old work from fifty years ago). The rest is a mid-tempo ensemble which can only be fully appreciated once you’ve had time to fully digest it. Even if The Zealot Gene feels worlds away from the band’s previous Studio Albums like Aqualung or Thick as a Brick, it still feels like pure, unapologetic Jethro Tull— and it’s masterful from start to finish. © Chief Brody/Qobuz

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