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STAND UP

Jethro Tull

 

Prog Folk

4.05 | 1184 ratings

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BigDaddyAEL1964
4 stars One of the best rock albums of the 60s, fair and square. Let's make a track-by track analysis on this one.

A New Day Yesterday: For my taste, one of the best songs in the entire rock History. Phenomenal groove, outstanding riff, orgasmic drumming... I always imagined a 10 minutes long version that could act as the ideal encore for a JT live concert. Superhuman quality by a precious band.

Jeffrey Goes To Leicester Square: Medieval aesthetics on this rather simplistic song. I wouldn't put this one after ANDY, since it's totally different and it sounds odd. Nothing too important all in all.

Bourée (J. S. Bach cover): A famous recording, one of the most beloved live pieces for JT, and one that Ian Anderson still plays live today. Fantastic arrangement on a classic piece and an emphatic statement by Anderson regarding his love for superior musical art.

Back To The Family: Intelligent social-related lyrics on a musically interesting song, that displays a variety of rhythms and styles and closes with an impressive instrumental section. Not one of my favorites, but a good song non the less.

Look Into The Sun: Wonderful melody, ethereal vocals, trippy lyrics; less is more in this beautiful song that worms your heart. Splendid!

Nothing Is Easy: Boom! The song starts with a powerful, edgy flute riff, and climaxes through a rollercoaster of different rhythms and measures which constitute a hard rocker of the highest quality. Congrats guys!

Fat Man: Anderson grabs his mandolin and delivers a n "insulting" satirical masterpiece of the highest intelligence. Absolutely lovable.

We Used To Know: A sensitive song that could be classified as an early specimen of what we call power ballad. Barre's hard rock guitar solo elevates the song in a different level, creating yet another wonderful song in this album.

Reasons For Waiting: Maybe too close to Look Into The Sun, but... Violin addition, flute refrain, trippy harmonics! What's going on here? You definitely have "reasons for waiting" 'till this song unfolds it's greatness!

For A Thousand Mothers: Anderson makes a bold statement against his dissenters, calling out all the "mothers" that won't let people fulfill their dreams. A meaningful hard rocker that closes a monumental album.

RATING: One of the best rock albums of the 60s and a JT essential. Plenty of great ideas, skill, melodies, and surprisingly hard rock. Solid 4 stars, a whole class higher that its predecessor.

BigDaddyAEL1964 | 4/5 |

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