Saturday, 15 June 2013

Aqualung (Jethro Tull, 1971)

This is one of my firt progressive rock favs. It's a very strong opening track, in the best tradition of the '70s rock bands and a very influential one. Its mix of rock, folk, prog and stinging irony is simply perfect. Ian Anderson's vocal performance is aggressive and allusive, drawing a rock ballad with some sudden tempo changes.

                                                    Do you remember this filthy man?
 
The lyrics about a perverse homeless suggest a diffrent point of view over moral and social conventions, an unusual perspective and a satirical vein pervades the whole track. I really love the succession of rough sounds and more sophisticated arrangements, the simultaneous presence of energy and melody, something that will become a trademark of Jethro Tull. Long live Aqualung and his park bench...