Title - 'Roads Less Travelled'
Artist - Martin Barre
For those not in the know, Martin Barre is an English rock musician best known for his work with progressive rock band Jethro Tull; with whom he recorded and toured from their second album in 1969 to the band's initial dissolution in 2012.
In the early 1990s he initiated a solo career that has now spawned four studio albums plus several guest appearances.
He has also played the flute and other instruments such as the mandolin, both on stage for Jethro Tull and in his own solo work.
Martin Barre now presents his phenomenal solo album, Roads Less Travelled (out now via Cleopatra Records) featuring 11 original tracks that reflect his incredible 50-year career.
1. 'Lone Wolf'
2. 'Out of Time'
3. 'On My Way'
4. 'Roads Less Travelled'
5. 'Badcore Blues'
7. 'For No Man'
8. '(This Is) My Driving Song'
9. 'You Are An Angel'
11. 'And the Band Played Only For Me'
The album, which Barre himself says, "... reflects my belief in taking music somewhere new" incorporates both electric and acoustic guitar as well as mandolin, fretless bass, Hammon and more.
The album opens with the upbeat, mid-tempo storytelling of life, 'Lone Wolf,' and backs that up smartly with both the guitar fest of 'Out Of Time' and the gently quieter 'I'm On My Way.'
The title track is one of those that instantly flashes you back to all that Barre has musically personified throughout his distinguished career, and that's followed by the lush vocal flow of Becca Langsford on 'Badcore Blues.'
The pace is picked up again on 'Seattle' before the minstrel within Barre comes to the fore on 'For No Man.' The raucous fun of '(This Is) My Driving Song' is up next and is backed by the quietly stoic beauty of a ballad (and, once more, sung by Becca Langsford) of 'You Are An Angel.'
The album then rounds out with the expertly plucked, renaissance-inspired guitar wonderment of 'Trinity' and then the longest track on the album, 'And The Band Played Only For Me' brings the album to a righteous close.
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