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Jethro Tull


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4.63 | 3181 ratings

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5 stars "Thick As a Brick "is almost undoubtedly the best album Jethro Tull has ever produced and it follows the band's experimental notions to the extreme with 20 minute plus songs, extended instrumental sections and ambitious lyrics. The Lyrics for "Thick As a Brick" were written by twelve year old boy named Gerald Bustock. I remember telling one of my friends this and he replied "What kind of twelve year old kid writes like that?" I really have trouble working out what exactly the concept of "Thick As a Brick" is about. There's something about wise men, people going to war, comic book characters and various other things. I suppose it is just a comical album full of strange, quirky music and concepts which perhaps certain people would understand.

The music itself is amazing and there are several tunes which just get stuck in your head and what ever you do they just can't get rid of them! Luckily the tunes are good, not crappy pop songs you'd hear on the radio(these days), these "Thick As A Brick" tunes consist of wonderful band interplay with either the guitar or flute taking the limelight. These certain melodies are repeated several times, usually with a vocal section separating them but man are they amazing! The 40 minutes the album runs for is pure bliss, everything is perfect about "Thick As A Brick." I'm out of things to say really, lets just say it goes up with stuff like 'Close to the Edge' as the very best progressive music around. I'm gonna keep this review short.

1.Thick as a Brick pt1 (5/5) 2.Thick as a Brick pt2 (5/5) Total = 10 divided by 2 Number of songs) = 5 = 5 stars Essential: a masterpiece of progressive music

The remaster of "Thick As A Brick" comes with a Jethro Tull interview in which they speak of certain aspects of the creation of "Thick As A Brick", interesting stuff. It also comes with an 11 live version of "Thick As A Brick." I'd recommend "Thick As A Brick" to absolutely everyone, it is essential to every prog fan and is one of the very best. GET IT!

Australian | 5/5 |


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