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A PASSION PLAY

Jethro Tull

 

Prog Folk

4.02 | 1201 ratings

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tuxon
4 stars Not as good as Thick As A Brick, but pretty much in the same vein as TAAB. Again a two part suite each part filling an entire lp side. Great music, more mellow and more classicaly focussed than TAAB.

part one of A Passion Play has some nice piano melodies, and sometimes is reminiscent of TAAB, mostly in the drum and bass parts, with nice intricate rhythms, and frantic changes of melodie and intensity. It has some perfect moments, but overall doesn't appeal as much to me as TAAB did.

part two, The Hare Who Lost His Spectacles, starts with a short narrated storie about a hare who apperently has lost his spectacles, accompagnied by some classical music, somewhat reminiscent of Prokofief's Peter And The Wolf, but with a bit of humour, and brilliantly told by Jeffrey Hammond. After this storie the music turns back to the style of the first side, with some brilliant music, and complex symphonised harmonies.

Not as good as TAAB, but A Passion Play provides some of the finest moments in progressive rock. Highly recommended

tuxon | 4/5 |

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