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STAND UP

Jethro Tull

 

Prog Folk

4.03 | 835 ratings

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Prog Leviathan
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5 stars While this may not be one of Tull's most ambitious or progressive albums, it is far and away one of their most enjoyable.

Things start off with a bit of heavy blues with "A New Day Yesterday", welcoming Barre to the band by giving him an outstanding lead plart in this simple but very soulful blues tune. The playful "Jeffrey Goes.." follows, with a dancing melody and subtle mood, leading into the even better "Bouree", a flute-led jam session with great dynamics, powerful soloing, and an exceptional performance by the rhythm section. Very cool! "Back to the Family" gives Anderson's vocals a chance to shine, and gives the band another chance to crank out some heavy classic rock, made subtely artistic through some songwriting finesse. A touching folk ballad, energetic jam session and tongue-in-cheek melody making keep the pace going strong, while the elegant "Reason for Waiting" brings the emotive tone of Stand Up to its peak, only to let the instrumentally ambitious "For a Thousand Mothers" end the album with a show of upbeat excitement. There isn't a weak track here... not by a long shot, and the album feels very much like a "band" effort, rather than an Ian Anderson solo album.

While the music on Stand Up doesn't show off the prog flourishes in some of Tull's later works, it is the clear winner for me when it comes to style and enjoyability. It's artistic, thoughtful, dynamic, and emotive, with outstanding vocal and instrumental performances.

Songwriting: 4 Instrumental Performances: 5 Lyrics/Vocals: 4 Style/Emotion/Replay: 5

Prog Leviathan | 5/5 |

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