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Jethro Tull's second album-length composition, A Passion Play is very different from – and not quite as successful as – Thick as a Brick. Ian Anderson utilizes reams of biblical (and biblical-sounding) references, interwoven with modern language, as a sort of a rock equivalent to T.S. Eliot's The Wasteland. As with most progressive rock, the words seem important and profound, but their meaning is anyone's guess ("The ice-cream lady wet her drawers, to see you in the Passion Play…"… read more

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  • Avatar for TheUselessGolem
    The Quietus has a well-written review of the album that I happen to 99% agree with ('cause personally I like the extended Foot of our Stairs). Thanks to Mr. Banks for putting good music writing on the Internet - one more notch against the tidal wave of useless drivel! http://thequietus.com/articles/15934-jethro-tull-a-passion-play-reissue-review
  • Avatar for MisterJunior
    The "Magus Perde" section is one of my favorite Tull moments. The way that clanging riff kicks in and the tambourine, flute and synthesizers washes soon join it is just fucking awesome.
  • Avatar for MisterJunior
    Quite possibly Tull's masterpiece. Lyrically and musically this is about as complex and well thought out as anything resembling Rock music is going to be. Also, the production is absolutely top notch. Some of the best on any Tull record. Extraordinary and one that takes some time to get its hooks in you; you've really got to spend some time puzzling and pouring over this one for it to reveal all of its charms and intricacies. I've listened to it hundreds of times and still haven't cracked it completely. Maybe not as immediately engaging as Thick as a Brick, but arguably more rewarding of repeat listens than that fellow masterwork.
  • Avatar for PinkFloydrulez
    8:40 in part 2
  • Avatar for TheUselessGolem
    Echoes aside, this is the best, most engaging long-form rock I know.
  • Avatar for Mirsset
    best vocal delivery by Anderson ever.
  • Avatar for hungarianpaprik
    albums i own ---- this IS the 1 [that is 2 say, ultimate]
  • Avatar for Porculus
    It might have some weak points, but it's still a great album. Don't forget it was no. 1 in US
  • Avatar for Parthamaspates
    I like this album more than Thick as a Brick
  • Avatar for nssworld
    Not one of my favorites, but a decent album none the less....

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