I've been putting off writing this blog entry. I've listened to Jethro Tull's (or 'Tull' as I've discovered they are called to those in the know) "Thick As A Brick" pretty much back to back for at least two weeks now and I like it. I really like it.
But as soon as I try to pin down why
, and then read the album's Wikipedia entry, together with the many fan reviews (including an ENTIRE website: thickasabrick.net) I find myself getting intimidated and panicking that I have missed the entire point, and am in fact clueless.
Goodness. I haven't yet got my head around the concept of a Concept Album. I don't get it really with Sgt. Pepper, I don't get it with Dark Side of the Moon and I don't get it here. I am sure that the fault is entirely mine but I'm struggling. Very possibly the main issue is that I am just not great at listening to lyrics and that's where the secret lies for these concept albums... But there is a small part of me that suspects there is an element Emporer's New Clothes, in the same way that there is with Cartier-Bresson's 'Decisive Moment'
approach, which seemed like a whole pile of grasping horse-manure when I learned about that back in the day.
But, irrespective of this, I still like it. I like his voice (think Cat Stevens), I like the instrumentation (unapologetic flute solos - bring it), I love the musicianship of the structures and the metres, I love the variety, I love the spontaneity of it, I love the fact that I find myself distracted by something and come back to it and it's STILL the same track! I love their eccentricity, I love the fact they were formed in Luton.
Will I listen to more Tull? Absolutely. Do I get them? Probably not. But that's OK.