Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson Playing THICK AS A BRICK 1 & 2

Nashville Scene Critic's Pick …

“Really don’t mind if you sit this one out,” Ian Anderson sings to begin Jethro Tull’s 1972 prog rock tour de force Thick as a Brick — and we’re pretty sure he wasn’t talking to you. In fact, we’re willing to bet he most definitely does not want you to sit this one out. And why would you want to? Sure, it’s easy to lampoon the elfin vibe of this distinctly British concept album. (Peter Jackson could make a killer film version.) But TAAB was so out of left field (even by ’70s prog standards), so musically sophisticated and cohesive that it can still inspire awe. Guitarmonies! Flutarmonies! Hammond B-3 out the ying-yang! Medieval acoustic guitar melodies! And unlike some of Tull’s prog peers (we’re looking at you, Yes) there is an undeniable if barely perceptible wit to the proceedings, evidenced not only in the music but also the album cover, one of classic rock’s, er, classics. Anderson’s 2012 sequel isn’t quite as engaging (or maybe it just lacks the nostalgia power of a 40-year-old work), but it does thankfully manage to capture the ’70s feel and production values. (As to whether Anderson was talking to you when he sang, “Your sperm’s in the gutter, your love’s in the sink,” we can’t be sure.)

—JACK SILVERMAN

Tue, Oct 30 | 7:30 PM
Ryman Auditorium
$50.00 - $75.00
All ages
[Venue Details]

Ian Anderson

Dunfermline Fife Scotland  |  Rock



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