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#333: Aqualung by Jethro Tull (1971)

7.14.2011


Aqualung by Jethro Tull (1971)

Favorite Track(s): "Cross-Eyed Mary" and "Cheap Day Return" and "Mother Goose" and "Wond'ring Aloud" and "Up to Me" and "My God" and "Wind Up"

Thoughts: (Pre-Listening) I really should like Jethro Tull. And maybe I will! But I feel like I've been taught to disregard them, so I've never taken the time to get to know their catalog. I have three associations with them. 1) That they apparently won a hard rock/metal grammy over Metallica and it was a big controversy, 2) Jethro Tull was apparently a real person, thanks to Yacht Rock musical education, and 3) my dad had this album in his Jeep for a long time, which always confused me. I knew they were a rock band, but this made them look like they played classical music (probably because I don't really associate rock with flutes, but that's my own prejudice):



I have a feeling I'll love this album, but we're about to find out!

(Post-Listening) Their rock was good, but the folkier, acoustic music was sublime. "Wondr'ing Aloud" wasn't just one of the best songs I've heard on this list, it's one of the best songs I've ever heard. Just...wow. I was prepared to like Jethro Tull, but now I might love them.

Is This Better Than A Hard Day's Night?: Oh yes.



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