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Jethro Tull


Prog Folk

4.63 | 3041 ratings

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4 stars Another controversial work, according to the critics, but I like this unique suite, which in so many circumstances is memorable... as another "progressive effort" (usually They are not labeled as a "Progressive" band, but never mind...) the present album is remarkable and creative as well: I don't think of this classic issue as the most prolix composition by JETHRO TULL, however the vocal parts and the instrumental excursions are well balanced and alone well worth checking out!!

Ok probably this is the most unconventional album by J.T. (regardless of the controversial "A Passion Play"), even though nowadays such a long suite (one for each side) should be out of time.I try to explain what I mean: the choice regarding a long instrumental album, without any technological support and moreover lacking the subdivision of each single phase (this latter usually characterizing a classic suite), was strange and against the stream at that time, but it should be a bit unacceptable still today, as the folk sound inside a symphonic plot or a contest of classic music at least, has to be managed in a different way.

However the suite "Thick as a Brick" is divided into two songs only, in which the dynamics change a lot, in spite of the main role of the flute which is the leading instrument all along the development of the composition. wow that's quite surprising!! The rhythmical accompaniment of the organ (as well as its melodic harmonization) is delightful, cause of its contribution to the music crescendo of the last section, considering also the pretty dynamic execution and the simple but stunning harmonic "colours". At the end if you regard of the continuity of this artistic opera, you can listen to it from the beginning to the end, without being annoyed in any moment.essential concept, whose re-mastered version earns a lot!!

Add another half star, at least!!

lor68 | 4/5 |


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