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AQUALUNG

Jethro Tull

 

Prog Folk

4.33 | 1954 ratings

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Lord Anon
4 stars Jethro Tull wasn't a very big band before this album, but it allowed them to enter mainstream popularity and would later become their highest seller. Aqualung is a not-concept album, which pretentious critics love to say otherwise, full of folksy progressive rock released at a time were folk-influenced rock was very popular. A light and airy atmosphere conceals darker lyrics that mostly question faith, and the extensive flute playing is both enjoyable and impressive. The first half is more flute-focused and maintains an up-tempo, mythical mood, while the later tracks are mostly contains chugging guitar chords and heavier instrumentation, (in addition to insane flute sections), making a more rock-oriented sound. Ian Anderson's vocals are able to adapt to and enhance either atmosphere quite nicely.

A great progressive rock album full of equally great tracks like "Aqualung", "Cross Eyed Mary", "Up to Me", "My God", "Hymn 43", "Locomotive Breath", and "Wind-Up".

Lord Anon | 4/5 |

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