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Jethro Tull - The Jethro Tull Christmas Album CD (album) cover


Jethro Tull


Prog Folk

3.49 | 402 ratings

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4 stars Finally !!!!

Christmas/The Yule tide is the music world's answer to the Gobi Desert. A place bereft of any intelligent life and where only micro organisms barely survive. Hence the many Christmas albums released by artists with as much moral integrity as you find in a micro wave oven's computer chip. Christmas albums is the Adolf Hitler's of any music collections.........

........ with one notable exception.......

This album.

Jethro Tull's Christmas Album was released in 2003 and is their final studio album.... so far. It does not have any of the usual Christmas standards anyone else has played to death and beyond. Instead, we find some intelligent and beautiful crafted songs. The best song on this album, First Snow On Brooklyn would grace any Jethro Tull album and would be worthy the inclusion in a Jethro Tull greatest hits package. The opening song Birthday Card At Christmas is also among the better Jethro Tull songs of all times. The same can also be said about the cover art work which is sentimental, but not overly sentimental.

The same can be said about the music and the sound here. It is sentimental and Christmas'sy, but not sugar sweet or sickening in any way. This album is also not out of place on an sunny afternoon in July either. Ian Andersson sings with conviction and his flutes is also excellent. The rest of the instruments are also on the same level. In short; Jethro Tull does a very impressive job with this material. This sound is unmistakeable Jethro Tull and a return to to their folk rock roots. There is no chance they would win the Grammy for best heavy metal album with this album. But this album is still full of vitality and life. The music is also very pastorial at times and full of small very clever details, hooks and melody lines. A run-of-the-mill ballad album, it ain't.

The songs are great throughout and thoroughly taken to the max by a band who has left no stones unturned in the quest to make this album. Hence; this is a very impressive album. Finally, we have got a Christmas album we can enjoy. Finally !!

4 stars

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