The Jethro Tull Christmas Album - Jethro Tull

True North

– (to the tune of Aqualung) “Sitting on a snowflake” DAH, DAH DAH “eyeing little elves, make no mistake” DUH NUH NUH, NUH NUH NA, DAH, DAH DAH, “it’s Santa Claus.” It’s too bad that isn’t on this album but there’s something in Tull’s signature blend of Prog Rock heaviness and Celtic roots that really suits the holiday classics. The band swings or rocks the standard carols like God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen and one they like to call Greensleeved. But, their originals like Birthday Card At Christmas and Ring Out The Solstice Bells capture the Christmas spirit without being cloying. Sure the band rocks a little more lightly in the mix which only makes the disc more appropriate for those fire lit nights with the family. The closest they come to Aqualung is the hilariously sinister sounding, pseudo folk tale, Jack Frost And The Hooded Crow. Ian Anderson’s flute playing is expressive as ever and you still get one or two familiar Tull instrumentals like Bouree, originally found on your battered vinyl copy of the Aqualung LP. In an age when The Polar Express is considered a Christmas classic, it’s great to hear a little Seasons Greetings from Locomotive Breath.