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"Benefit" re-evaluated in 2009,
This review is from: Benefit (Audio CD)
I've just listened to "Benefit" twice through on my iPhone (wish I'd had one of those in 1972) and I have to give it props for being a genuinely brilliant album.
When I first bought "Benfit" on vinyl back in '72, I was a bit disappointed with it, as I'd just about worn out the grooves on my copy of "Stand Up" I'd played it that many times. I was even in a band at the time that mimicked Tull's line-up (though sadly not their musicianship!).
But listening to "Benefit" again in 2009, I've realised that it wasn't inferior to "Stand Up" - just different. In a good way. And though other Tull albums - "Aqualung", "Thick as a Brick" and, of course, "Stand Up" - are feted above "Benefit", it would be a grave mistake to dismiss this as in any way a runner-up to Tull's other masterpieces.