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THICK AS A BRICK

Jethro Tull

 

Prog Folk

4.64 | 2270 ratings

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Queen By-Tor
Special Collaborator
Honorary Collaborator
5 stars He may not mind, but you shouldn't sit this one out

Thick As A Brick is always touted as one of the top prog albums of all time. Deservingly so, because if this album were the benchmark that any other album had to reach to be considered ''Essential" we all might not have too much music in our collections. It seems that something just clicked with this album. Everything came together in the most convenient of ways for Anderson and co.

Apparently the idea for the album arose after Ian Anderson read bundles of press for the Aqualung album stating that it was a concept album, something that he had not intended. It was at this point that he decided to actually make a concept album - The concept: a spoof on concept albums. With the sleeve depicting a British newspaper stating that a child had to have his poem withdrawn from a contest because of it's content has had a lot of people actually believe the made up story over the years, thinking that the ''Little Milton'' was a real person who wrote the song that the band would play. Not so, of course, but it's still a wonderful concept.

The song is a satirical look at society as Tull often does, and of course, a dissection of it right here and now would be terribly redundant. What does matter though is that the lyrics are written wonderfully, and the old masters of satirical poetry would be proud. The music is also excellently performed. Anderson's floating flute driving behind the heavy guitars which comes it at all the right moments to drive the song if ever it were to get boring during it's 45-minute duration.

An album with little to no flaws, even if Part 2 gets off to a comparatively slow start, this is certainly one for every collection. Few may find something to not like about it. As another review so appropriately stated: ''.I now bow down to the Brick, for it is indeed Thick''. Saying anymore about the album would be reaching into redundancy, this one gets a blazing 5 stars.

Queen By-Tor | 5/5 |

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