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Jethro Tull


Prog Folk

4.05 | 1213 ratings

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3 stars Jethro Tull is a band plagued by many average albums, and Stand Up falls right into that category.

The band is trying something new here. I like that and I respect that. However, their forays into progressive rock are at this point shaky and mildly juvenile. By Aqualung, they will have a much stronger grasp on this, but for this record we have to suffer with a few misses and some poor transitions. Also, on the whole, the music is fairly mellow and not particularly exciting. On the bright side, however, the flute is coming into play here a good bit more, giving the album more of a unique flair from an average rock band. The sound quality is also a fair step up from their debut, though they don't get a fair sonic treatment, I don't think, until Thick as a Brick.

There are a number of classy tracks on this album, still. The opener A New Day Yesterday might not be very progressive or feature much flute, but it's an interesting rock tune anyways. Bouree is the quintessential Jethro Tull instrumental, showcasing some wonderful flute. And speaking of wonderful flute, Back to the Family is clearly the leader on this album, with some absolutely terrific flute and guitar duet/interplay. Fat Man is the only song here with a whole lot of energy throughout, and I must say the lyrics are quite special. Living in the Past, the single included on the remaster, is one of the most famous Tull songs ever recorded, and it's a good 5/4 prog rock tune.

Some parts of this album stack up well against the debut, others don't, but in short, it's a pretty worthwhile album as well. Fans of the band should certainly check this out, but newcomers to them should start with Aqualung and Thick as a Brick and work their way in both directions.

LiquidEternity | 3/5 |


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