With a whirling flute/guitar solo, Ian Anderson (music), his alter ego Gerald Bostock (lyrics) and his band (no changes from "TAAB 2") invite us on a journey through the tangles of British history, in the course of which they relate almost every song to contemporary political, economic or social problems. "Thick As A Brick meets Stormwatch. Even at the age of 67 Anderson has lost nothing of his sarcasm, bite and black humor. The only purely acoustic piece is called "Heavy Metals". Jesus comes along as a wild reformer, and of course the dervish quotes himself musically through the Tull story. Anderson is vocally supported by Ryan O'Donnell, which provides pleasant variety like on "TAAB 2". John O'Hara never misses a keyboard instrument and Florian Ophale's heavy rock guitar gets even more space. With this album Anderson succeeds in directing the attention from some daily political topics to other things that are more important to him. A drop of bitterness for longtime fans: In the foreword to the deluxe version Anderson says goodbye to Jethro Tull and announces that he will only record more albums under his own name.
Top track: Enter The Uninvited