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Jethro Tull - Thick As A Brick CD (album) cover


Jethro Tull


Prog Folk

4.63 | 3017 ratings

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4 stars I sort of believe in the day...

An apex of prog rock, let alone Jethro Tull, THICK AS A BRICK is seen by many as the standard of which all prog albums are set. It's definitely a far from bad album and I might say that it's one of Jethro Tull's finest kettle of fish. However, I cannot say it is THE single best work of Tull or prog.

I much prefer the late 70's direction Jethro Tull took, one where more folk elements crept into their overall sound with SONGS FROM THE WOOD being the best example. Certainly, this isn't a weak album as ''Thick as a Brick'' the song is a finely crafted slab of work. It's filled to the brim of everything a proghead could want; spot-on instrumentation, a lengthy piece, odd timings, loads of Hammond organ and flute, witty lyrics, an overall concept, should I go on?

The one problem of having this single-song album is that it suffers from inflammation of the composition. While it does a great job on Side A of making the piece seem shorter than it is, too many times, I find bored with what's musically presented to me (on both sides). It's an egregious task just to try and take the entirety of the album in one sitting, and many times, the piece takes a bit to long to tell me where it's going.

Still, it's a fine testament to the body of Jethro Tull's work. Any prog fan needs to check this out to figure out what it is we call ''prog''. However, I will not overhype the album and refrain from giving it a masterpiece rating; you have to check out the album to see if you like, but if you're a prog fan and weighing the other collabs' ratings/reviews, it's very unlikely any prog nut will reject this one.

Sinusoid | 4/5 |


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