"This music has a lot to offer... it will take your mind off to far away places and put you in a magical mood. The image and atmosphere that the lyrics build rival the music that this band is pouring out song after song.
The only reason I think so many people could consider this a bad album is that they kept a very closed mind in listening to it... or perhaps they listened to it expecting something else.
Whatsoever, I suggest finding a copy of this album, and listening to it with an open heart and an open mind. You will benefit from it--these musicians are your friends. What do you have to lose?"
And the Stormwatch brews a concert of Kings!
Paulo Alm | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | 03/22/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Stormwatch is most probably the last great Jethro Tull album and also a sort of lost, underrated gem. All the elements that made Songs From The Wood and Heavy Horses brilliant are present here: the same line-up, great arrangements and daring songwriting. It's a fitting close to this beautiful trilogy. Dark Ages must be one of their best late seventies tracks, with Dun Ringill and Flying Dutchman coming close. I'm not sure why this album is so misunderstood, given the amazing songs that unfold cleverly Ian Anderson's wit once more. If in doubt, give it another chance for sure. And get this remastered version for soundsake!"
Mostly Cloudy with a Chance of Thunder Storms
Richard Thompson | El Paso, Texas | 08/16/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Stormwatch - (1979) 14 Tracks (4 bonus) *** ½ (59:39)
This album starts off with the lively North Sea Oil. It's More or less a typical "modern" Tull song. Orion is an interesting song with some fast-paced sections followed by multiple breaks of nothing but acoustic guitar and Ian's voice. There is a bit more "orchestration" on these modern era songs than I am used to. Home is the closest thing to a ballad I think I've ever heard Jethro Tull do. It is different. Now we get to Dark Ages, the longest track on the album clocking in at 9+ minutes. I must say this is one of the better songs on here; it is highly varied in its style, and has some really good guitar work a little past half-way thru the song, but it is not dominated by it. Again, there is the ever present orchestration in the background, reminding you that this is not classic 70's era Tull. Another semi-interesting thing is that this album contains 2 instrumentals. Personally, I think Ian was just running out of ideas for lyrics and decided to just present the music without any words. I found that most of the lyrics on this album to be quite "cryptic" and not easy to follow if there was any story-line at all. Something's On the Move is another quite lively little number, with plenty of Mr. Anderson's flute and Martin Barre's guitar. But, again, more odd lyrics that seem meaningless to me. Now, Flying Dutchman, obviously about a sailing ship apparently lost at sea (I was able to follow this one) is another stand out track, which contains some of the best flute playing of the entire album. Something else to mention is a couple of the bonus tracks are as good as or better than anything on the original album. I especially liked the feel of Crossword.
They didn't exactly "hit it out of the ballpark", but if you are a true fan you'll want to pick this up anyway. Three and a half stars rounded down to just three. Hey, they can't all be great. "
J. Clark | Vancouver, WA USA | 11/20/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"With all of the albums that Tull put out I think that this one gets missed. I can't remember any of the tracks getting air play even when it was new. It is still a very nice album. A lot of the tracks have a Celtic folksy feel to them. It is as good a listen as Songs From the Wood or Heavy Horses although somewhat darker. It's too bad the classic rock stations don't air anything from this album. I was delighted to finally be able to replace my vinyl copy of it. As always Ian Anderson's passion and humor show through."
Great, brooding, stormy Tull
swsp | San Diego, CA | 01/21/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A great one to listen to on a stormy, damp, drizzly day, with images of the rocky shores of northern isles in your head. "Dun Ringill" is rightly regarded as classic Tull. Underrated are the equally haunting and lyrical "Flying Dutchman" and the soaring "Orion" (which shines through a break in the clouds). Palmer's "Elegy" is a nice, soothing wrap-up, after the storm has passed. This album completed Tull's journey from the English woodlands ("Songs from the Wood") through the farmlands ("Heavy Horse") and out to the coast."