Tuesday, March 12 2013
Groundbreaking in its form, length, packaging, lyrics, and concept, the work remains one of the most significant and beloved albums of its genre 40 years onward.
Tuesday, June 5 2012
In 1972, Jethro Tull's "Thick as a Brick" took ambitious prog rock to the top of the charts. Forty years on, frontman Ian Anderson means to do it all over again and discusses his plans with PopMatters.
Sunday, May 22 2011
Put as simply -- and starkly -- as possible, many beautiful babies were thrown out with the bath water by hidebound critics who were content to sniffingly dismiss the more ambitious (pretentious!) works that certain bands were putting out as a matter of course in the early-to-mid-‘70s.
Thursday, February 25 2010
I’m not certain if it says more about J.D. Salinger, Jethro Tull or me, that when I think of the ultimate coming-of-age treatise from the trenches, it’s not a novel but a trio of albums.
Thursday, March 19 2015
After the back-to-back-to-back brilliance of their previous three albums, a letdown seemed inevitable; amazingly, Ian Anderson & Co. raised the bar, instead.
Thursday, August 7 2014
As the creative mastermind behind Jethro Tull, Ian Anderson is often considered one of the most distinct musicians of the past 50 years.
Wednesday, July 23 2014
A Passion Play tends to draw the most resistance from even prog-rock aficionados; it obliges time and attention to let it work its charms.
Tuesday, November 12 2013
Jethro Tull have always confounded critics, and despite albums sales, hit songs, influence and longevity, it is above all the brain of frontman Ian Anderson that ensures they will remain forever on the outside, looking in.
Tuesday, December 3 2013
Jethro Tull is one of progressive rock's longest-running bands. But is it progressive rock? If not, Ian Anderson and Co. have some explaining to do when it comes to Thick as a Brick and Passion Play.
Wednesday, July 17 2013
What we get with Jethro Tull Around the World Live, is visual and sonic documentation of a legend aging (mostly with grace) before our eyes.
Thursday, December 8 2011
Jethro Tull suffers if compared to the critically reviled acts of the progressive era, but in terms of their influence, longevity and versatility, they really are a unique entity in rock music.
Thursday, December 2 2010
There is still a blues sensibility driving most of this material, but Anderson—who clearly had ability and creativity to burn—is already showing signs of developing the multi-faceted approach he would bring to each successive effort.
Monday, January 11 2010
Out of time and possibly out of touch, Jethro Tull was a band for people who craved intelligent and occasionally challenging music, played convincingly by exceptional musicians. How quaint.
Friday, April 17 2015
Hear an unreleased alternate take on the Minstrel in the Gallery cut "Cold Wind to Valhalla" in lead-up to that album's special edition 40th anniversary release, featuring new mixes by modern prog maestro Steven Wilson.
Sunday, April 5 2009
Without Jethro Tull there would be no Jethro Tull