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Jethro Tull's first LP-length epic is a masterpiece in the annals of progressive rock, and one of the few works of its kind that still holds up decades later. Mixing hard rock and English folk music with classical influences, set to stream-of-consciousness lyrics so dense with imagery that one might spend weeks pondering their meaning – assuming one feels the need to do so – the group created a dazzling tour de force, at once playful, profound, and challenging, without… read more

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  • I agree. The way the instruments (especially the lead guitar and flute) interact with each other on this album is amazing and incredibly unique.
  • This is the perfect parody of a Progressive Rock concept album. One 45 minute long song, lyrics that make no fucking sense, loads of instruments not usually seen in rock, weird time signatures, overblown epic atmosphere. I also love the way the instruments "speak" to each other
  • at a loss for words here
  • I absolutely love this album and every second of it and it's probably one of my favorites ever. About Christgau, I refuse to take anyone who dismisses entire genres of music (metal, hard rock, prog rock), bashes bands like King Crimson, yet praises a Lil Wayne CD as a music critic. He's so self-important and pretentious and you know something must be very wrong with somebody who describes "In the Court of the Crimson King" as 'ersatz shit'. He's an idiot who thinks every word he burps out is gospel, and he only made a name for himself by 'dissing' all of progressive rock. It's okay to dislike a specific music genre, but if you do, don't even bother writing about it without having an open mind to it. He's exactly the reason why I hate elitist music journalists and pretentiousness in general. Or maybe I'm just being stupid because he's 'the Dean of rock critics' after all.
  • Sensacional, sempre me surpreende!!!
  • This is another one that I have about a dozen versions of, both in vinyl and on CD. After careful research (drinking beer and listening to the album in the variations editions I own), I've come to the conclusion that the MFSL CD is the best version in existence. Also great are Steven Wilson's remix and the original Island UK LP.
  • Not sure if they've modified their grade since the edition in question, but I remember reading a Rolling Stone Record Guide when I was about 19 or 20 that gave this album one star. It's been about 15 years, so maybe in the interim they've removed their head from their ass. The idea of someone who is a professional music critic listening to this record and grading it a 1 out of 5 is mind-boggling to me. Just more evidence that Rolling Stone sucks a fat one, I suppose.
  • :)
  • Agreed. He's a very good writer but he's overly dismissive of entire genres of music. It's okay for the average person to express an opinion like, "I don't like prog rock" or "I hate metal," but a music critic is expected to be able to review music objectively even if every album that finds its way to him isn't from his favorite genre(s). On top of that, I'm a big believer in the idea that good music is good music, irrespective of genres or labels placed on it. With some effort I can find albums and songs I enjoy in pretty much every genre of music!
  • Christgau can be witty at times (not in this case), but that's about all he has going for him.

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