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AQUALUNG

Jethro Tull

 

Prog Folk

4.35 | 2552 ratings

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Leningrad
4 stars Ah, yes, Aqualung. My very first exposure to the greatness of Jethro Tull. Actually, it's been my only so far. I could tell you that it's a fantastic album, and you need to drop whatever you're doing and buy it right now. Yeah, I could, but you want more information than that, right? What's that? Well, too bad. I'm writing a review anyway.

The album opens with the title track, and let's face it, we've all heard it before. Definitely one of the better songs on the album. The first half of this album is about and old, poor, homeless man who lives on the streets. He's called Aqualung because of his rheumy cough. Sound depressing?...Well, it is. Aqualung changes partway through into a soft acoustic ballad, before rocking out to finish. Next up is Cross-Eyed Mary. Ah, a good rocker. On par with Aqualung, in my opinion. The song is about a schoolyard prostitute. Oddly, it's not that weird anymore... With a great flute solo and a rocking guitar solo courtesy of (extremely underrated) guitarist Martin Barre, the song closes.

Well, let's face it. All of the Aqualung side is fantastic. Highlights include:

Aqualung Cross-Eyed Mary Mother Goose Up to Me

With My God (the song), the second half of the album begins. It focuses more on the religious aspect of the album. One might suspect that this would make it weaker. One is wrong. Much longer than the first side, it contains tracks just as good. The...side...title...track...whatever, My God, is a longer song, but is still great. There's one flute part that gets me every time. Hymn 43 is definitely the side's rocker. Good stuff.

Highlights of an equally fantastic side:

My God Hymn 43 Locomotive Breath Wind Up Lick Your Fingers Clean

Why are you still reading this? Go buy it right now!...No, don't bother reading the reviews below this one. Actually, scratch that. They'll strengthen your opinion of the album where I missed out. But, of course, I didn't, did I? But seriously, buy it. A truly magnificent piece of prog. Excellent starting point for the Prog Folk genre. I bought myself Thick as a Brick yesterday, so expect a review on that soon. What?... I don't care, I'm still writing it!!

Leningrad | 4/5 |

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