UK, 1972, progressive rock

Jethro TullThick as a Brick: It’s hard to think, off the top of my head, of a more musically cohesive album. I mean, this is basically one super-long song, and it all fits so perfectly together. Not a single misplaced note, from the trenches of the organs to the high plateaus of the flutes. Even those few unexpected moments of sound experimentation add exactly what they’re supposed to to this parody of the concept album. But here’s the thing about parodies: when people are far enough removed either in time or experience from the parody, all that’s left is the art taken seriously. And this is a serious album, at least musically.

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