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THICK AS A BRICK

Jethro Tull

 

Prog Folk

4.64 | 2271 ratings

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con safo
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5 stars A truly essential album to any prog fans collection.

"Thick As A Brick" is Jethro Tull in top form, so tight and complex as if the band itself is one single entity. Ian's flute has never sounded better, and heavy use or organ gives this album a great sound. The piece itself is 40+ minutes long, and is separated into 2 tracks. The composition is truly brilliant, with many recurring themes reappearing throughout. (but slightly altered) The album is a mock-concept of sorts, a supposed collaboration between 8-year old poet Gerald and Jethro Tull. The concept follows a child (perhaps Ian himself) through birth, childhood, adulthood, and eventually death. Ian's sarcastic and humorous lyric style is extremely clever, and delivers the concept in a way only JT can!

JT went over the prog deep end with this album, embracing the prog sound with magnificent results. The music itself is very folky at parts reminiscent of Aqualung, but it goes far beyond the simpler folk tracks of that album, using a lot of classical influences. Evan's organ is superb, adding fantastic texture throughout. The song flows seamlessly through many different themes, never meandering or boring, you are always aware that all of this is one song, as it is written with the finesse of a classical composer. Truly a work of genius! 5/5 - con safo

con safo | 5/5 |

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