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Jethro Tull


Prog Folk

4.63 | 3166 ratings

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This is the artistic peak of Jethro tull. They flawlessly mix folk, classical music, rock, and progressive styles into a 40+ long epic. The first 2 minutes of the song is very well known worldwide, since that unforgettable folk piece is on 'greatest hits' albums, and is very memorable. The rest of the album is a progressive rock bliss full of musical changes, and excellent lyrics, though it suffers from repetition and some incoherence between side 1 and 2.

The story is very hard to fully grasp. It revolves around that newspaper article about a genius young poet not getting a reward for his poem 'Thick As a Brick' because of the content (but the poem is excellent in itself). This album goes through the central theme of young people are not usually allowed to think for themselves independently, and instead are made to think/become like adults want them to. The lyrics are very poetic and methaphoric (difficult to understand their meanings), and also contain touches of great witty humor.

You have to get this album. If you are not familiar with this band, I recommend you to listen to Aqualung first to get used to their unique sound. Then try this masterwork.

My grade : B+

Zitro | 4/5 |


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