The Jethro Tull Christmas Album - The Official Jethro Tull Website.
Brett Milano review.
The Christmas album is a bigger surprise, coming as it does from a band who remain best known for an album-length attack on organized religion, 1971’s Aqualung . Yet a third of its tracks are instrumental and barely half even mention the holiday; those that do are more concerned with family and friendship. It proves rather an occasion to plug back into the Anglo-folk-orchestral sound of Tull’s last essential album, 1977’s Songs from the Wood (two of whose tracks are redone here), with guitarist Martin Barre’s power chords becoming more of a seasoning. Having spent a few years turning up the guitars and looking to relate to current trends (the last studio album bore the unfortunate title Dot Com ), Tull have rediscovered the quirkier threads that made them unique.Sounds good to me.