A Misunderstood, Dark Album
C. Bailey | Washington D.C. | 09/01/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In my experience, this is one of the darkest Tull album's I've ever heard. Not dark in the sense that it has depressing minor chords with quiet, brooding vocals, but rather that it is more of a black comedy.
This album is basically a mocking of the world, so lost in all of its incredibly complicated ways, and for the most part, oblivious to all of it. It gives me a funny feeling when I listen to it--a bit uneasy, which is understandable. It is an album about the uneasiness of the current situation of society.
This album is far beyond anything that any other band was making in the 70s. It posed as a pop-rock album but instead was a heavy and intense criticism of so many complicated and ugly things in society through the format of pop-rock. Very, very, very unique album. I have heard nothing like it before or since.
Certainly and album to buy, study, enjoy, and remember."
A relatively unknown gem
Shantanu Sharma | Washington, DC | 09/11/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I've been listening to Tull forever and pretty much all their albums stand the test of time rather well. I still try and watch them live every chance I get and have often driven long distances to do so. War Child is an excellent album that always sounds fresh every time I listen to it. The hallmark of good music is that it sounds good every time you listen to it, even if it is after several years. My personal favorite is Sealion."
Jethro Tull - War Child
Dr Rad Dan | 09/07/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you like Tull, War Child is a definte must for your colection. "Skating Away" and "Bungle in the Jungle" hit the tops of many Tull greatest hits lists, but those best of albums only are great when you have limited space, the true fan will dig deeper. War Child is a great album to see the range of Tull. "Sealion" will show the edgy side and "Only Solitaire" will bring on this band's suttleness and minstrel quality that made you listen to them and want more. "War Child" and the "Third Hoorah" open the first and second sides of the album and bring the cohesion of the album together. The closing of the album with "Saturation" seems to pave the way to your purchase of Crest of a Knave - Steel Monkey indeed. Also, check out [...] another phenomenal album from a band with true longevity."