With JT's 1974 release Warchild Ian Anderson wanted to step back to the song-format after the monstrous bashing the band got from the press for their 1973 offering A Passion Play (it's very popular among the prog-cricuit but the press apparently had had enough of JT's pompous one song concept albums). From what I've heard Ian was very sensitive to critique back in those days and got really frustrated when recieving bad reviews.
However, in spite the fact that this was a return to less "proggy" ways there is enough great stuff on this cd to last a long time. There is a great diversity on this album and IMO it is one of the more varied JT albums when it comes to mood and style of the songs.
Highpoints are "Queen and Country", "Back-door Angels", "Sealion", "Skating Away..." and the closing track "Two Fingers" (which is inluded in an earlier version, then called "Lick your fingers clean", on the anniversary edition of "Aqualung" which is equally good, if not better).
The albums' single "Bungle in the Jungle" is a rather "poppy" number but I don't think it deserves the bad rap some "proggers" have given it. It's imho a rather good "poppy" song with lovely string arrangements, courtesy of maestro David Palmer.This album is in addition to the obvious classics a must-have for any Tull-fan.
My rating: 4 out of 5
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