Following from the success of `Crest Of A Knave', Jethro Tull decided to continue to mine the heavy rock seam with the follow up, `Rock Island'. As usual, all the tracks are from the pen of Ian Anderson. The band shows it can handle the rock motif with an assured touch, especially Martin Barre, who plays some quite interesting guitar. Anderson's flute is still much in evidence, and combines well with the general sound.
I really like this album for the fun and playful tone. From the unsubtle yet amusing opener `Kissing Willie' through Tull classics such as `Undressed to Kill' and the title track, this album is choc full of clever, yet fun lyrics. It's an album that always brings a smile to my face. It's not to everyone's taste, but I like it.
Recommended to all those who like rock with blistering guitars and a sense of humour.