Jethro Tull shares 2nd track from “Zealot Gene”, 1st studio album in 20 years

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Jethro Tull shared a second song from the group’s debut studio album of New Material in over 18 years. The new title, The zealot gene, officially announced on November 5, 2021, made headlines in March. It arrives on January 28, 2022, in a variety of CD and vinyl packages, via Inside Out Music. The group, still led by Ian Anderson, have now released two instantly recognizable singles from the album: the first, “Shoshana Sleeping”, accompanied by a haunting visual created by Thomas Hicks, and now “Sad City Sisters”, with a video produced by Sam Chegini. Check them out both below.

It would have to go back to the band’s 2003 Christmas album for the last time Tull released a new studio effort. Their last album of all new original material dates from 1999.

Excerpt from the original November 5 announcement: Anderson has no reservations about the role that myth and biblical storytelling themes played in the lyrical content of the new album, saying, “Although I have a A true penchant for the pomp and fairy tale story of the Holy Book, I always feel the need to question and draw sometimes ungodly parallels from the text. The good, the bad and the downright ugly rearing their heads everywhere, but are punctuated with elements of love, respect and tenderness.

look the video for “Shoshana Sleeping”

The album’s art book editions feature a second CD of demos and initial ideas, along with extended sleeve notes and an interview with Anderson.

Regarding the second version, Anderson says: “Sad City Sisters reminds me of a Saturday night in Cardiff, Wales, as I returned home from our concert at St David’s Hall a few years ago. It could just as easily have been any city in the UK, I guess, or even most cities in the western world. What is it that drives the relentless and vulnerable young people to slip so easily into this tragic loss of dignity and end up sprawling intoxicated on a wet and windy street at midnight? “

The zealot gene List of tracks
1. Mrs. Tibbets (5:54)
2. The Tales of Jacob (2:13)
3. Mine is the mountain (5:40)
4. The Zealot Gene (3:54)
5. Sleeping Shoshana (3:41)
6. Sisters of the Sad City (3:40)
7. Barren Beth, Wild Desert John (3:37)
8. The betrayal of Joshua Kynde (4:06)
9. Where did Saturday go? (3:53)
10. Three loves, three (3:30)
11. Briefly Visit (3:00)
12. The fisherman of Ephesus (3:41)

Jethro tullLine-up includes Anderson (flute, acoustic guitar, harmonica, vocals), Joe Parrish-James (guitar), Florian Opahle (guitar) (album only), Scott Hammond (drums), John O’Hara (piano, keyboards, accordion ) and David Goodier (bass guitar).

The band has a long 2022 tour. Tickets are available here.

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