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Jethro Tull


Prog Folk

4.63 | 3029 ratings

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5 stars Everyone should praise Ian Anderson as one of the most creative minds on music, a person able to create amazing melodies, intelligent lyrics and play several instruments with notable passion for his art. He is obviously the one responsible for JETHRO TULL's success, since he always composed some of the most important tiles of the prog-rock wall.

One of them is this epic "Thick As A Brick", which is just one 40+ minute long song that remains interesting from start to finish, even though the same theme is played oftenly through the two parts that divide the work due to vynil restrictions. Each minute is interesting and important, no weak points are found here, so how do you define someone who composes such an amazing piece of art? A genius might be right word, don't you think? With his folk influences Ian delivers great flute passages with folk rhythm (mainly near the ending) - mixing other styles as a more hard rock one in some times - and the other members of the band work perfectly on their instruments. They all play as a true band here, being the guitar not over the keyboards or vice-versa. There's no need to "virtuosity show-off" here, they are lightened as a true group making their sound as the best they could produce.

This is their masterpiece, their definite one. It is essential at the most pure sense of the word, and if you want some more music to delight yourself get the new CD containing an extra live track (not special, but it is interesting to listen to this live) and an interview with Ian and the band.

Definitely a masterpiece!

Eclipse | 5/5 |


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