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A PASSION PLAY

Jethro Tull

 

Prog Folk

4.02 | 1412 ratings

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Hejkal
3 stars A passion play is obviously the most controversial album made by Jethro Tull (I do not count their 80's albums as controversial because 80's were awful in general).

Without any doubt it's not a masterpiece. After Thick as a brick, Ian and the band tried one more time to make conceptual piece of music, but from the listener's point of view it's not so great to listen to it. Great melodies are somehow missing. The best parts are the beginning and mainly the last five or six minutes at the end (and this part is always presented on their best ofs as TaaB excerpt). That Hair-part at the end of the first side of the album is very unusual (yet my wife likes it) and adds nothing to the concept. It is not classic Jethro Tull and it is not something that will attract the wider audience.

On the other hand, it is quite good instrumentally. Jethro Tull were always good musically. If this had been done by some other group (e.g. Beatles - ha, ha, ha - than I would be eager to call Beatles progressive...), it would have been surely called extraordinary. But Jethro Tull could have done it better.

That's why I give to that three stars. It is a good album, but not their best and not even essential.

Hejkal | 3/5 |

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