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STAND UP

Jethro Tull

 

Prog Folk

4.05 | 1213 ratings

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GKR
5 stars Another Jethro Tull album that almost has (finally) the avaliation it deserves.

In 1969, one of the great characteristics of music as a whole was the blend of Blues, Jazz, Folk, Classical and the rock music itself, all together without being only one. Thats what is magical in albums around this period, very similar (in aproach, not in content) with "In the court of the Crimson King", but thats another story... Jethro Tull is playing fine and solid music. "New day yesterday", "Nothing is Easy" and "For a Thousand Mothers" are blown rock stamples with great dynamic from the group (and the other example being the jazzy-calssical "Bouree"). Meanwhile, such acoustic ventures as "We use to know", "Looking into the sun" and "Reasons for waiting" give a good breath between the previous cited.

Not a concept album, "Stand Up" has something to say, nevertheless. The band is Standing Up against the musical style that themselves have established. It is a artistic stand. And, with Anderson humour always present, the original vynil has a pop up of the band doing exactly that inside the sleeves.

The lyrics talk about "A Fat Man", problems with family and lost loves (?). Anderson poetry is dark, even when he was young. "Reasons for waiting" goes in a differente place where the music has let you. "Nothing is easy" show the bad times we all have, "We use to know"... Anderson is a poet. Period.

That is almost it. England was a mess in 1969 (a good mess), the period was tha landmark to what will be the progressive rock genre and producing in that circumstances, to make something out of the hat, different from the blues rock and psychdelic, preferably mixing it all... Stand Up is also a document for 1969.

GKR | 5/5 |

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