Aqualung (album dei Jethro Tull del 1971)

Quarto album in studio degli inglesi Jethro Tull, band che ha saputo miscelare il progressive con l’hard rock, AQUALUNG è stato pubblicato nel 1971.

Considerato una sorta di concept album, tratta temi legati alla società e ai testi sacri. Si comincia con la title track, superbamente efficace con dei riff in parte oscuri forieri di luminosità, cui segue Cross-eyed Mary, con il tipico utilizzo del flauto traverso, marchio di fabbrica del complesso. Cheap day return, breve e sottile, ci conduce a Mother goose, che sembra anticipare sonorità tipiche dei decenni successivi. Wond’ring aloud, altro pezzo conciso, Up to me si avvale di ottimi effetti strumentali e My God sviluppa un tema musicale che ha forse ispirato brani heavy metal, riproponendo il flauto traverso. Hymn 43, brano compatto, Slipstream apre alla dolcezza dei violini, Locomotive breath, suggestivo ed atmosferico e Wind up, postludio rutilante.

L’organico firmato da Ian Anderson, Martin Barre, John Evan, Jeffrey Hammond e Clive Bunker ci regala un disco che, nonostante abbia più di mezzo secolo, emana sempre un olezzo di gioventù.

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