I have the 25th anniversary edition which is nice because it has an interview with Ian about the album as well as a bonus live excerpt from Thick recorded back in 1978. Everything is in it's place. Beyond this, I don't really know what to say. Add another half star, at least!! Barre's guitar to the frenzied but methodical meanders makes Thick As A Brick a must for any Progressive rock enthusiast. I really have never grown tired of this Masterpiece and it has stood the test of time. The various themes and melodies, arranged as a single, album-long suite, are brilliant, and insinuate their way into the pleasure-center of your brain, n'er to depart. Hey, it's as good a guess as anyone else's , an album that contains only one song.
A classic album and a must have for any prog fan. When he finishes with this piece of paragraph, the music flows with a nice instrumental piece with lead guitar plays dominant role followed by flute. I highly appreciate one merit in music and it is: the harmony! What 'Thick as a Brick' lacks is enough variation to keep it interesting; for its massive duration almost every theme is repeated several times, sometimes in a row, and all of these themes are similar in their composition. His stand-up years were especially prolific in that matter, as one of my favourite jokes from him can attest. I also enjoy the irony that the lampoon of extended progressive rock music has become one of the most heralded examples of it. This recent acquisition has made buying the Tull back catalogue all the more fun. Since naturally this isn't an album one can easily dissect into individual sections for analysis, I'd instead like to focus on some of the aspects that really grab my interest and respect.
It doesn't hurt, of course, that Anderson is at his most inspired, vocally, reeling off his best-ever chunk of prose like the master he is. The suite is at least separated in 5 songs, missing music interludes and also some lyrics. As far as a concept album goes, it's more or less standard fare. After a gentler keyboard driven passage, we get to my favourite sections of the song - the slower, beautifully vocalized and instrumentaly accompanied Do you believe in the day? Is surprisingly sensitive and beautiful. As we sat waiting for the ride to begin. Acoustic balladry opens the piece, and is nice.
Archived from on 9 November 2005. The music in this part is less accessible in some segments and has a different feel. The concept, the lyrics, and the music are all perfectly crafted and really elucidate what creating truly progressive music is all about. Although his voice is made a little too nasal at points during this epic, his voice works quite well for the most part, and compliments the music nicely. The difference was that they were absolutely brilliant ideas. But hearing it end-to-end for the umpteenth time in 30+ years is always an experience worth repeating, so why not also repeat some of the glowing accolades as well? It's a collection of jams, I think. If you're new to the prog scene, this is one that you must purchase, especially when it comes to the work of Jethro Tull.
Not too many synthesizers, a focus on acoustic guitar much of the time, etc. Those very first notes come back three times every time bringing you back to reality, but to make you sink deeper into madness. On my reviews, I go song by song, so here goes: Thick as a Brick: One of the all-time cornerstones of Progressive Rock and Prog Folk, let alone rock in general. They also discuss the horrid food at the greasy spoon nearby, the scary challenge of initially playing the entire thing on stage, the Monty Python mindset they employed for the elaborate album cover and other humorous anecdotes. Count how many times they manage to mention Bermondsey in the interview! Posted Saturday, April 5, 2008 Review 165779 He may not mind, but you shouldn't sit this one out Thick As A Brick is always touted as one of the top prog albums of all time. Of the two albums Tull made in this vein, this might be the less serious one, but I also think it's superior; the Story of the Hare Who Lost His Spectacles might be an accurate reflection of the structure of actual medieval passion plays, but it also sucks all the momentum out of A Passion Play, which also ends up feeling rather forced - as though the band didn't really want to make another album in the same vein as Thick As a Brick, but felt that they had to following its runaway success.
Or, perhaps, any of us. It may not be a perfect record, but it takes some time before a listener becomes familiar enough with the album to see how cleverly the band has stitched these ideas together. In every part this is a masterpiece and I would give even a higher rating than 4. A son is born' section, and the 'See you shuffle in the courtroom' section. This time with a lyric, i.
Add Thick as a Brick to that list of great rock recordings! At this point, we have no idea, but Ian opts for a lullaby awe!!! It would be redundant to recommend this one. The style of the song is in general good as well, but as I said it starts to bore me near the end of the first half or through the second half. I miss on the authenticity and though the voice of Anderson is strong, he does sound a bit dinstanced from the music. I say themes because the record does utilize several melodies over again, functioning as refrains after a sort. If you don't own this album, then you must within 1 day, or else you can't be a true prog fan.
All the usual Tull strengths are here, great flute work, sharp lyrics, some nice classic rock jamming, and even occasionally some composed interweaving lines. The following themes altenate up-tempo and slower passages, with great dynamics. Retrieved 27 February 2019 — via robertchristgau. I doubt the first 3 minutes would work very well as an individual song, but the poetic lyrics help it to survive by making it obvious that it is just one small part of a much bigger concept helped by the headline on the album cover. But try as I might, I can't play the whole album in one go because it just doesn't quite do enough to captivate me in the same way say Camel's The Snow Goose does.
It's just that it's not for me, I can't even explain why but it's a plain fact. The famous acoustic guitar and flute intro is perfect, but the song gets so much deeper later on. Besides Anderson's notable virtuosity and versatility he also plays some stuff on violin, trumpet and sax , the ensemble as a whole works beautifully. But these are all minor omissions because the album is focused all the time, and simply gorgeous and spectacular at the same time. But there are also guitar and drum section that are simply classic 70's rock n roll that would have been a nice part of a concert but don't do much for me in the middle of a prog concept album. You'd think a world famous band riding on the crest of their biggest success to date would be living the ritzy rock star lifestyle but their description of the dingy, dirty basement where they formulated and rehearsed most of this album dispels any false illusion of opulence in just a few sentences.
The lyrics feature some biting and humorous social commentary by Anderson, never one to hold back his feelings. The interviews with Ian on the last track was more of a distraction than a feature to me. There is, however, another joke I would like to talk to you about. It is better than 'Passion Play' that tends to get bogged down in its conceptualisation and complexity. On Thick as a Brick, meanwhile, the joke is still a joke, and it's this playfulness which sets the album apart. The production is very good and everything is clear in the mix.