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THICK AS A BRICK

Jethro Tull

 

Prog Folk

4.64 | 2347 ratings

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progrules
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3 stars I often wonder, are there bands and albums you should stay away from because they are not meant for you ? Personally I believe that and if it's true then this album and probably also band is a good example in my case. I never in my life had a certain feel for Jethro Tull, their music passed me by without really catching my interest. And that's not because it's bad or poor, not at all. It's just that it's not for me, I can't even explain why but it's a plain fact. I even think that if this album hadn't been our no.1 of all time I wouldn't have bought it (or if it would have been full price because this was for sale when I bought it).

But of course when it is no.1 I think it is a duty for a prog reviewer to at least give it a try and give your opinion about it. And in this case it's not even a matter of having not much with Jethro Tull that is the point here, it's more a matter of having not much with Prog Folk that is my problem. And also there I don't really know why. Because it's a sympathetic and pleasant genre of prog. Not much wrong with it, but it just doesn't trigger me in the right direction.

Now about this album, well in fact half of the story is already told now because the above mentioned is mainly what it's all about but the three Thick as a Brick tracks are good epics and that's the best description I can think of. It's no more and no less than that and of course the wondering why so many people are obviously enchanted or impressed by it. Is it because of childhood memories ? Or other sentimental reasons ? I can understand why people like this but a masterpiece ??? Sorry I can't hear it not even if I put my personal taste aside and try to be objective. Also then I conclude: a good piece of music and that's it. I really believe in our all time list no.2/6 are better and of those I can see the masterpiece status but not this no.1.

In the end the most enjoyable part of the disc is the interview that is really interesting even for a non fan like me. Of course it will not change the ultimate rating which can only be 3 stars for me.

progrules | 3/5 |

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