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Ian Anderson


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3.62 | 123 ratings

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3 stars This album reminds me to Jethro Tull's "Baker St Muse" from Minstrel In The Gallery album at least in one simple point: the acoustic style. "Divinities" is an album dedicated to the world's religions composed by Ian Anderson who also wrote "Aqualung" and its references to religion. You may also refer to Tull's album "Heavy Horses" where there are many acoustic songs. The overall scene is played by Ian's flutes, Andrew Giddings' keyboards, and a classical ensemble. The result is an attractive album especially to those who favor unplugged style or classical album.

Here Anderson limits himself on flute and the way he plays really indicate his energy and mood to the entire music. If you are familiar with Tull, you may find some elements of Tull music here and there. Ian improvises African influences on En Afrique, and sometimes to other ethnic like Irish, and India.

One characteristic you might want to know is the sound. You may use a few words you've likely never seen in a Tull review: light, orchestral, meditative and calming. Giddings's keyboard work is quite soft and sometime it shows in thicker sound. Andy's keyboards and some strings form the basis of all the songs, and Ian's various flutes positively shine as they fill in the melodies. Even though the overall tone of the album is consistently pastoral, there's actually a lot of varieties among the different pieces.

Overall, it's a good collection of classical music that favor those of you who love unplugged kind of music. Keep on proggin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW (i-Rock! Music Community)

Gatot | 3/5 |


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