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This review is from: Aqualung (Special Edition) (Audio CD)
Jethro Tull are an occasional listen for me, but when I do get around to them I listen to them for a week or two as I seem to have acquired most of their albums. Moreover, 'Aqualung' is one of the first ones I select. It probably features more great individual songs than any of their other albums: 'Cross-Eyed Mary', 'Mother Goose', the sublime 'Locomotive Breath' and the title track. Their character portraits are not pretty, but hard-hitting. As for the religious comment, I won't go there: it's better heard. The music is in a constant internal conflict, poppy, then bluesy flute lines, hard rock and folk textures. It's like a carefully-orchestrated musical war, the main tracks broken up by brief interludes.
Some of the bonus tracks, like 'Song For Jeffery', are superfluous, while 'Bouree' seems to crop up everywhere, but the basic album is one of the band's finest.