Following from their late `80s hard rock successes `Crest Of A Knave' and `Rock Island', Ian Anderson and co seem to have decided to take a bit of a step back in time with Catfish Rising. Harking back to their earlier jazzy/folky albums of the `70s, a series of catchy tunes with Anderson's usual meaningful lyrics have been put together, with a tinge of rock still flavouring the music.
My personal favourite is the mournful `Still Loving You Tonight', but this is an album so full of good songs it's hard to pick a favourite. `Doctor to my Disease' and `This Is Not Love' are also standouts, displaying Anderson's trademark wry wit. But it's not just Anderson's show, Martin Barre does his usual sterling work on guitar, and the band come together well to produce some great music.
Definitely one that will appeal to those who like the late '80s Tull rock albums, or their mid `70s folk output.