At the time we all held our breath, expecting a woody sound, rustic lyrics and, well, another "Songs from the Wood".
At first, there was huge disappointment from the fan-base. What went wrong? Had Ian fallen under the spell of Vetesse and Moog?
But then the songs took hold. Of course, the sound was very different, the electronic sound a little overpowering, but what would Tull's music have been without experimentation? We'd still be listening to 'White Man's Blues'... or not! (Would Tull have survived without testing new sounds? I doubt it)
Once you get beyond the shock of how different this is from the late '70s sound, you realise that it echoes 'Under Wraps' and some of the hints we had in 'Broadsword'.
Fly by Night is catchy and punchy, end game has a moody quality, and "Looking for Eden" is possibly in my top 10 of Anderson's lyrical skills.
"I'd rather look around me and find a better song,
'cause that's the honest measure of my worth"
All-in-all, an essential addition to a Tull collector's library, but not one to keep on the shelf for the sake of completeness.