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Jethro Tull


Prog Folk

4.63 | 2608 ratings

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5 stars Thick as a Brick is a masterpiece. I deeply enjoy the work put into this album, it's very complex in structure and features many exciting, but also majestic and gorgeous musical moments.

Side one introduces most of our ideas and recalls a few in its half in the process. My friend had never listened past the first two minutes until recently, because he can't stand music without drumming. Fortunately for him he listened beyond those minutes and discovered how exciting the album becomes. The group really do well as an ensemble, and even if Ian is just an okay vocalist, his voice fits very well into the music, is never overpowering, and sings the silly, yet effective-in-context lyrics. The idea, after all, was to make a concept album so over the top. A 43-minute Prog song, one that couldn't fit onto one single side of a record. The guitar/bass/drum hits at the end of the a-side fades out with wind.

Then the b-side starts with the wind and a slowed-down, ominous booming of the guitar/bass/drum hits, and then explodes back into the exciting jam section (feat. a drum solo) that doesn't last for too long. The b-side features more ballad-like moments. But the album retains relevance to itself and its concept throughout. The lyrics and instrumental aspects are great, and this album as a whole is just magnificent. Hard to not give it 5 stars.

JCDenton | 5/5 |


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