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Thick As A Brick (album) by Jethro Tull 

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Thick As A Brick
Thick As A Brick by Jethro Tull (1972)
Overall rank: 260th   Overall chart history
Average Rating: 
83/100 (from 426 votes)
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Accolades: Top 10 albums of 1972 (8th)
Top 100 albums of the 1970s (67th)
Top 500 albums of all time (260th)

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Thick As A Brick is ranked as the best album by Jethro Tull.

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Overall chart history The tracks on this album have an average rating of 89 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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1.Track pickThick As A Brick, Part 1
 90/100 (106 votes)
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83/100 (from 426 votes)
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85/100
08/16/2016 17:33
86/100
 
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73/100

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75/100
From garycottier 07/07/2016 14:57
A ridiculously ambitious album, which just about makes it through to the end without falling flat on it's face. Personally, I prefer their more straightforward records like, aqualung, and, benefit, but this is okay. Better than, a passion play, anyway.
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From Mehran 02/16/2016 14:59
One of the greatest progressive rock albums of all time, if not the greatest.
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From mandomikey 12/24/2015 00:06
The only album I've purchased and subsequently worn-out in 3 different formats (Tape, CD, and vinyl LP). The accompanying newspaper insert is satisfying in its own right, but the lilting musical and lyrical escapades achieve massive heights several times over.
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From CosmykTheDolfyn 11/29/2015 17:35
This album really is brilliant. Very few artists would have taken an entire album to make a satirical statement. However, beginning as a joke by writing a "bombastic" and "over the top" parody of the then in vogue concept album. While it would be difficult in theory to make such a parody listenable, Ian Anderson and the crew do a beautiful job by combining complex compositions with laughable lyrics that can sound deep if only listened to casually. What started out as a joke wound up being hailed as one of the greatest concept albums ever. While I absolutely adore this work, I feel as if we should view it a different light: the most beautiful style parody to ever exist and definitive proof that an artist can create a masterpiece while laughing the whole way through. Thus, not only is it wonderous musically, but remains my favorite album just in the attitude that saw it's birth.
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85/100
From NecroBadger 07/15/2015 15:12
That this album is just one song will immediately put a lot of people off, but it's a very rewarding listen, filled with memorable hooks, intriguing lyrics and is an impressive performance. Also one of the best albums for stopping classical music snobs in their tracks when they declare rock to be unsophisticated, non-melodic, unintelligent etc. And the newspaper album sleeve is a brilliant read, penned in Ian Anderson's inimitable style.
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75/100
From PlayTime 02/12/2015 04:30
The last strong album of Tull's classic run. It's really only five fully realized songs strung out over 40 minutes, but it works as a suite and it's well played.
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From gtroda 01/31/2015 14:23
Definitely an interesting concept to make one long song take up the whole album. It takes a while to get through and some repeated listenings to appreciate but it is worth it.
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85/100
From Decurso 10/19/2014 15:35
A great mix of poetic lyricism and elite musicianship. The drumming on this album is just off the charts.
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From setalpgninnpseki 10/18/2013 18:19
If you can sit through the long tracks, you will be rewarded.
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95/100
From Listmeister 07/22/2013 20:05
A bunch of random lyrics weaved into one amazing 42 minute song. Lyrics like "We'll have Superman for president, and let Robin save the day" or "Make a man of him / put him on a train / teach him to play Monopoly / and how to sing in the rain" or "Your new shoes are worn at the heels / and you make all your animal deals / and your wise men don't know how it feels / to be thick as a brick." All of that (and much more) is in one song.
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