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As The Prog Yak, I am an avid Jethro Tull fan, and Thick as a Brick holds the title of my all-time favorite album from any band. This deep admiration for the band might lead some to question whether my reviews are inherently biased or if it raises expectations. Rest assured, it's the latter.
RökFlöte, Jethro Tull's 23rd studio album, faces the challenge of distinguishing itself within the band's extensive discography. Over recent years, or rather decades, Ian Anderson has adopted a folk-inspired, narrative-driven style. Consequently, it's the musical composition that often determines the success of Jethro Tull's songs and albums for me. After awarding their previous release, The Zealot Gene, 4 out of 5 Yaks, I eagerly anticipated RökFlöte. Unfortunately, in my opinion, this new album seems to have regressed instead of progressed.
Although a few standout tracks will be featured on Prog Radio, RökFlöte largely lacks the captivating elements that would make it memorable. "Wolf Unchained" is one notable exception that may pique listeners' interest. Keep in mind, I run a radio station that plays the best songs from over 400 of the world's top progressive rock bands, so standing out in that landscape is no small feat. However, many of the newer Prog bands manage to do so. I wish Ian and Jethro Tull could achieve this with more regularity.
That being said, I, The Prog Yak, encourage fans to give RökFlöte a listen and form their own opinions.
Apr 21, 2023
Wolf Unchained • Hammer on Hammer • Ginnungagap
The Prog Yak