Thick As A Brick 2 was a CD that I had to own but I was also nervous approaching it.
- He doesn't try to produce another long song to compete with the original.
- The sound he creates is identical to Jethro Tull of the early seventies, Aqualung and TAAB, era. It's so uncanny I had to read the liner notes to make sure Barriemore Barlow, Jeffery Hammond-Hammond and Martin Barre aren't on it. They are not.
- He starts and ends the album with a musical motif lifted from the original before soaring off in new directions, so there is a continuity of sorts between the two albums.
- The story of whatever happened to the central character of the original album allows enough scope for adventure and invention.