Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography
Jethro Tull - Thick As A Brick CD (album) cover


Jethro Tull


Prog Folk

4.63 | 3047 ratings

From, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Prog Reviewer
3 stars I agree with some other reviewers that this album has been overrated. I fail to see why it is so popular. In my opinion, a whole load of classic Tull albums deserve four or five stars (e.g. STAND UP, BENEFIT, A PASSION PLAY, MINSTREL IN THE GALLERY and even WAR CHILD), but THICK AS A BRICK simply sounds too repetitive.

All the best bits of the album are included in a 'condensed' version on that excellent live-album, BURSTING OUT. When I listen to the original THICK AS A BRICK, I invariably get bored. One reason for this may be that I originally discovered BRICK three or four years after A PASSION PLAY, which is similar in structure. A PASSION PLAY lacks the hymn-like main melody that is BRICK's great strength, but thanks to its varied instrumentation, it sounds more colourful than its predecessor. Apart from guitar-organ-flute-bass-drums, A PASSION PLAY also has saxophone on it, glockenspiel and a whole arsenal of quirky synthesizers! No wonder The Tangent have expressed (on their website) special affection for A PASSION PLAY - not for THICK AS A BRICK.

fuxi | 3/5 |


As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

Share this JETHRO TULL review

Social review comments () BETA

Review related links

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: — jazz music reviews and archives | — metal music reviews and archives