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Ian Anderson


Prog Folk

3.66 | 159 ratings

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3 stars The secret language of Ian Anderson

Normally, Ian Anderson is the leader of Jethro Tull, one of my favourite bands of all time. Here he is on his own. Some people seem to think that his solo albums sound just like Jethro Tull albums. These people cannot have heard many Jethro Tull albums! If this music is to be compared with Jethro Tull it must be pointed out that this is a very naked and strongly acoustic Jethro Tull. But this is not enough to put them apart. The Secret Language Of Birds is more towards Folk Pop than Prog Rock. It is certainly not mainstream anyway, and also hardly progressive.

The songs of The Secret Language Of Birds are well written, melodic, flawlessly performed, perfectly recorded, mixed and produced. Indeed, everything about this album is perfect to the point of verging towards being too perfect, almost glossy. Ian always has a strong attention to detail and this is a high quality product. But I would certainly not call it progressive rock nor compare it in any way with the music of Jethro Tull. An Ian Anderson solo album can, as far as I am concerned, never be compared with a Jethro Tull album. The only similarities is the flute sound and the vocals.

I enjoy the heavily flute and vocal based musings of The Secret Language Of Birds to some degree, and it is a good album overall. But I would certainly not put it up there with Jethro Tull's music. But this is a decent Folk Pop album in it's own right. But certainly no more than that!

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