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Studio Album, released in 2014

Songs / Tracks Listing

- Part 1 - Chronicles :
1. Doggerland (4:20)
2. Heavy Metals (1:29)
3. Enter the Uninvited (4:12)
4. Puer Ferox Adventus (7:11)
5. Meliora Sequamur (3:32)
6. The Turnpike Inn (3:08)
7. The Engineer (3:12)
8. The Pax Britannica (3:05)
- Part 2 - Prophecies :
9. Tripudium Ad Bellum (2:48)
10. After These Wars (4:28)
11. New Blood, Old Veins (2:31)
- Part 3 - Revelations :
12. In for a Pound (0:36)
13. The Browning of the Green (4:05)
14. Per Errationes Ad Astra (1:33)
15. Cold Dead Reckoning (5:28)

Total Time 51:38

Bonus DVD from 2014 SE & Boxset:
1. Whole album in 5.1 Surround Sound (51:38)
2. Whole album in 24-Bit High Resolution Stereo (51:38)
3. Creations - The Making of Homo Erraticus (moved to Boxset DVD #2) (20:50)

Bonus CD from 2014 Boxset:
1. Spoken Introduction to Demos (3:54)
16. Hotel Demos (track listing as per album) (51:38)
17. Loose Talk - Track by Track Commentary of the Album (38:05)

Bonus DVD #2 from 2014 Boxset:
1. Creations - The Making of Homo Erraticus (20:50)
2. Conversations (Jerry Ewing interview) (19:22)
3. Illustrations (Artwork with Carl Glover) (10:18)
4. Articulations (Band interviews) (14:41)

Bonus DVD from 2014 Tour Edition:
1. Live Visuals of the whole album with 24-bit HiRes Stereo audio (56:38)
2. Enter the Uninvited (live in High Wycombe Swan Theatre 2014) (4:39)
3. Ian talks about the Live Visuals (20:50)

Line-up / Musicians

- Ian Anderson / vocals, flute, acoustic guitar, producer

- Ryan O'Donnell / vocals
- Florian Opahle / electric guitar
- John O'Hara / Hammond organ, piano, keyboards, accordion
- David Goodier / bass
- Scott Hammond / drums

Releases information

Artwork: Carl Glover

2LP Kscope ‎- kscope860 (2014, Europe)

CD Kscope ‎- kscope292 (2014, Europe)
CD + DVD Kscope ‎- kscope291 (2014, Europe) Bonus DVD with Surround & HiRes Stereo mixes plus Making Of documentary
2CD + 2DVD Kscope ‎- kscope519 (2014, Europe) Boxset w/ bonus CD of Demos, bonus DVD containing Surround & HiRes Stereo mixes plus extra DVD with Making Of documentary, interviews & more
CD+DVD Kscope ‎- KSCOPE307 (2014, Europe) Tour Edition with bonus DVD containing album in HiRes 24-bit (studio master) and the video accompaniment visuals for stage presentation plus extras

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(16%)
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Review by Evolver
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
4 stars I have a theory about the breakup of Jethro Tull. Well, really the split of Ian Anderson and Martin Barre. Anyone who has seen Tull in concert in the past twenty years has been witness to the obvious decline in Anderson's vocal range. Face it, the guy has been belting out these songs for almost a half a century. And on top of that, the medical issues surrounding his voice have been no secret. Breaking with Barre allows Anderson an excuse to not have to perform the greatest hits of Tull every night, highlighting the fact that his 120 year old vocal chords just aren't the same. With this "new" band (most of whom have already toured with both Tull and Anderson), he is free to pick and choose which of the classic tracks, and even rearrange them for comfort, without having to defend the Jethro Tull legacy.

But speaking of legacy, just as his "Thick As A Brick 2" had that Tull sound, this new album fits like an old pair of shoes to the ears of a lifelong fan of the band. And yes, many of us are crazy enough to wear old shoes on our ears. Even without Barre, the songs have that Tull feel. There are classical based symphonic prog songs, medieval madrigal rock songs, british folk rock, and of course, some hard rockers (what the geezers at the Academy of Arts and Sciences might mistake for heavy metal).

Sure, Anderson has been famous for poking fun at the prog rock label, but here he has embraced the form for which he has been a master. The album is yet another concept album from the man that jokingly disdained the form. He uses his music to give his version of the history of man, from 7000 BCE to the year 2044. Lyrically witty throughout, the album is an absolute joy from start to finish (and the liner notes are a must-read).

The music harkens mostly to two of Anderson's strong compositional periods. The main styling, is the understated and elegant nineties sound of Roots To Branches (my favorite of the later Tull albums) and the folky, but complex Songs From The Wood / Heavy Horses period. Anderson intersperses classic sounding Tullish pieces with songs that use many of the sounds from the period for which they represent. Honestly, after many spins in my CD player, I still hear new facets of the songs every time I play it.

It makes me wish that Anderson could keep on recording for another hundred years. Who knows? Modern science might make that possible...

Review by Second Life Syndrome
3 stars Flutes and medieval melodies can only get you so far. Ian Anderson, renowned for his work in Jethro Tull, has released a new solo work entitled "Homo Erraticus". That's quite an interesting title, as you can probably tell that his focus here is on revealing the inconsistencies and illogical nature of humanity. So far---so good, in my book. Yet, there is so much in this album that just screams "Mediocre".

Clocking in at around 51 minutes, "Homo Erraticus" seems to go on forever. You already know what the music sounds like: It sounds like Jethro Tull. Flutes and organs and I'm sure quite a bit of frolicking are all involved here. Anderson is wonderful on the flute, and there are certainly some great flute solos here and there. The rest of the band, in all honestly, barely exists. Oh, sure, there's the bass player (barely) and there's a drummer (beat keeper extraordinaire), but none of them really make any significant contribution. For the most part, this album is about Anderson and his flute.

Anderson's strange voice is on display, as well. The lyrics and vox are very folksy in nature, and they don't really require much skill or range. Indeed, this whole album sounds like I should be sitting at a Renaissance festival or something. I mean, I love that kind of stuff, but Anderson composes his music with such dullness sometimes that the added thrill of the medieval flair is lost.

As I said, flute solos won't always save you from mediocrity. "Homo Erraticus" is average in just about every way possible, besides flutes, obviously. The album is cheesy as hell, hippy, and just plain cringe-worthy sometimes. Every single song seems to follow the same structure, which is strange for a supposed "progressive" release. Heck, the songs barely have any structure, as they're mostly very short. Anyways, Anderson just loves to give us choruses that sound all the same wherein he says the title of the song very plainly and dully. Basically, every song follows some sort of boring pattern of a verse + chorus + flute solo combination. It gets pathetic after just a few songs.

There are some tracks I like. I like "The Turnpike Inn" quite a bit for what it is, and I like the opening track "Doggerland", too. The rest of the album blurs together unforgivably. The promising lyrical content, too, disappoints. It never gets any deeper than the skin, and ends up wandering off in rabbit trails that don't interest me.

Ian Anderson's newest solo effort is just another album in a line of disappointments and bores for me this year. The last couple months have been very lackluster in the prog world, and I'm hoping that something will pick up soon. If you like an hour's worth of the same flute solos and songs that all sound exactly the same, "Homo Erraticus" is for you. If not, don't buy it, and maybe Ian Anderson will just go away soon.

2.5 stars

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars "Homo Erraticus" is the triumphant return of prog legend Ian Anderson on the crest of a soundwave, based ambivalently on a concept segmented in three sections; Part 1: Chronicles, Part 2: Prophecies, and Part 3: Revelations. Following the bold "Thick As A Brick 2", that received mixed reactions, is no easy task, but Anderson has done so with admirable flair. The progger is now 66 years old but still sounds refreshing with his inimitable style, some may say too similar in style to Jethro Tull with his storytelling vocals. The flute is here; man, is the flute ever here! It is a constant presence and played brilliantly. Feast your ears on the mesmirising flute on the dark atmospheric 'Puer Ferox Adventus' and 'Tripudium Ad Bellum' that absolutely flourishes with quirky exuberance and dynamic flutters as only one- legged Anderson can perform. He is a masterful musician but his vocals still endear and he captures some beautiful emotive moments such as on 'After These Wars'. His voice is easy on the ears and relaxing these days, mainly straight forward rather than layered or with reverberations.

The album features some glorious Tull throwbacks such as on heavy handed killer opener 'Doggerland' and the divine showstopper 'The Turnpike Inn'. Martine Barre is a thing of the past nowadays but I still love the lead work by Florian Opahle such as on 'After These Wars'. The Hammond is given a workout by John O'Hara augmenting a 70s sound to the musicscapes as on 'New Blood, Old Veins'. There are some ironic moments such as on 'Heavy Metals' where there are folk acoustics and not a shred of distorted metal. 'Enter The Uninvited' has beautiful harmonics sounding similar to Sigur Ros' 'Staralfur' in the intro. The flute is lilting and the time sig is fractured, with some of Anderson's more aggressive vocals and an endearing melody follows on this definitive highlight. I like the clever lyrics referring to many familiar pop culture icons such as Burger King, GI Joe, Elvis hips, bubble gum, facebook, Apple Mac, Star Trek, Baywatch, Friends, West Wing and Walking Dead.

The album features some transition points with very short musical breaks like 'In For A Pound', but that works as a kind of evolving storyline. 'The Browning Of The Green' has a more distinct rock feel and some wonderful keyboard work over a riffing guitar distortion, and I love the flute and guitar break. The music is often laced with pompous medievalism, even lapsing into dialogues and off kilter effects such as with 'Per Errationes Ad Astra', but it captivates, growing on the ear with every listen. 'Cold Dead Reckoning' is one track that really stayed with me with its atmospheric melodies and pounding rhythms.

I found this latest Anderson release to be a very enjoyable album musically and conceptually. I admire the man for continuing to create the music he has become known for without compromise or remorse. Anderson does what he does and he does it well, so if you are a fan you need look no further as you know what to expect, flutes storytelling and catchy melodies; there are no surprises. This is a throwback to the Tull years and it is very welcome as far as this reviewer is concerned.

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
4 stars Bursting out!

Like the previous Thick As A Brick 2 (and unlike most other Ian Anderson solo albums) Homo Erraticus is a Jethro Tull album in all but name. While Thick As A Brick 2 was good and enjoyable, it did not overly impress me. In the light of this, I frankly wasn't expecting very much from this follow up. But I was wrong. Homo Erraticus overshadows its predecessor and indeed all of the other albums released under Ian's own name. This new album is easily the best that Ian has created since the 1990's and I would not hesitate to say that it is up to par with many a Jethro Tull album!

Another surprise is that Homo Erraticus has appeared so soon after Thick As A Brick 2, especially having in mind that the last proper (I'm not counting the Christmas album) Jethro Tull album was released fifteen years ago! I'm very happy to see that Ian Anderson is being prolific once again and that he manages to make albums of such a high quality as Homo Erraticus. There is here clear evidence of a new found inspiration and regained energy that I mistakenly thought he had lost (at least as a song writer and recording artist, he continued to be great live during the last decade). The band that Ian has chosen for himself is very good too and I don't really miss anybody. Working with these people seems to have invigorated him.

I must admit that this album didn't impress me on the first couple of listens, but it quickly grew on me over further listens. It has now had a constant presence in my headphones for some time and I don't seem to tire of it, but instead continue to discover new aspects of it. It certainly reveals itself to be a more complex piece of music than a quick glance at the track list might suggest. It is not really just a collection of 15 shorter songs, but rather a three-part concept album about the history of man! The lyrics are intricate and much more interesting than on Thick As A Brick 2.

Homo Erraticus is simultaneously Ian Anderson's best solo album and an excellent Jethro Tull album. Highly recommended!

Review by Neu!mann
3 stars No one can say Ian Anderson isn't ambitious. But the author of "Thick as a Brick" and "A Passion Play" may have chewed off more than he (or we) can swallow with his latest project: a three-part, fifteen-song chronicle of humankind in Britain, beginning nine millennia ago and charting a sporadic path to an uncertain near-future circa AD 2044. The epic scope would have challenged even the most determined Progressive Rocker, without even considering the concept behind the concept: an over-elaborate fictional back-story involving Anderson's old doppelgänger Gerald Bostock.

It's reassuring to see him embracing his inner-Progger so warmly, albeit almost to the point of suffocation. It can take longer to digest the contents of the CD booklet, with its copious lyrics and tongue-in-cheek essays, than to sit through the CD itself: a sure sign of thematic overkill. The music itself might almost have been an afterthought, all of it typically well-played and lavishly produced but hardly distinctive or even memorable, and like his recent "Brick" sequel entirely too lyric-driven, without a lot of melodic hooks to grab hold of.

On his web site it's referred to as a "Jethro Tull album (in all but name)": strictly sales talk for susceptible fans. It's true that Tull has always (or at least since 1969) been Anderson's vehicle, but at its best the band was also a genuine group, with distinctive personalities among the many players. What's missing here is the synergy of a true ensemble. The new quintet is certainly competent but, unlike classic Tull, completely anonymous, despite all the cosmetic similarities. Why hire young talent if the end result is only a watered-down facsimile of bygone days?

At the age of 67 Anderson isn't ready to settle into his dotage yet, and more power to him. But I wish the Tull CEO would stop resurrecting the Bostock persona, although I understand his intuitive reasoning: it's a link to his more creative (and far more relevent) musical youth. In the early 1970's Anderson was celebrating the virtues of Living in the Past, and it's nice to hear he hasn't completely changed his tune more than forty years later. Progressive Rock needs all the champions it can get these days, but perhaps it's time for him to leave the past alone and start looking forward again.

Review by kev rowland
4 stars Back in the 70's I was introduced to the music of Jethro Tull and immediately realised I had found everything I had been looking for, and while my first introduction to them in concert may not have been exactly what I expected (it was the 'Under Wraps' tour after all), I could soon be found hunting for rare copies of vinyl and spending silly amounts of money on everything Tull. It was a direct result of this obsession which saw me being asked to write an article for the 'A New Day' fanzine nearly 40 years ago and in many ways, it has been downhill ever since. However, even though I saw them many times in the 80's and 90's it was obvious that Ian's voice was never the same after his problems in 1983, and when I saw them at Cropredy in 2004 I vowed to never see them again. By this time I was also wrapped up in the progressive underground and had lost interest in buying Tull when they released a new album, having been somewhat disappointed with 'Catfish Rising', and been further upset when Martin and Ian parted ways. Consequently I did not hear this 2014 album until recently, recorded during a period when Jethro Tull were no more and Ian was following his own path, although various of those involved were members of Tull when he started that off again (almost memories of 'A').

Ian's solo albums have always been a little hit and miss, with 'Walk Into Light' a fine example of how to ruin songs with arrangements which never worked: take "Fly By Night", which is absolute masterpiece, but only on David Palmer's 1985 'A Classic Case'. So to say I came into this album with more than a little trepidation is something of an understatement, so to come across an album which is the finest Jethro Tull release since 1987's 'Crest of a Knave' (for which they won a Grammy remember) was somewhat surprising. This has everything one expects from Tull, Ian is full mastery of every song, complex lyrics, bringing in folk and styles which sweep throughout the band's career, and never for once sounding if there are any issues. There may not be any Martin or Peggy, but Florian Opahle has a nice edge on guitar, becoming a member of Tull when Ian started using that name again in 2017, while bassist David Goodier had already been in Tull since 2007, as had keyboard player John O'Hara while drummer Scott Hammond had worked with Ian since 2010 and is also now a member of the reformed Tull. Singer Ryan O'Donnell does a very nice Anderson vocal style, and he had already been involved since 'TAAB2', so everyone involved knew what they were doing, and one feels this is very much a full band as opposed to a group of session musicians.

"The Engineer" could have come from either 'Songs From The Wood' or 'Heavy Horses' with its strong use of both accordion and piano and does not sound like a new song at all, while "The Pax Brittanica" is another which is classic Tull. I know the melody is from an old Tull song, but I can't for the life of me place it, but feels very familiar. It is an album which stunned me the very first time I played it, and I have fallen deeply in love with it ever since, and I have been revisiting many of their older albums to see just where I think it fits in their canon, and for sheer listening pleasure it is very close indeed to 'Knave' and one which everyone who thought their best days were long behind them need to discover for themselves.

Latest members reviews

4 stars Is liking this album a sign of my being an ageing Tull fan? Probably....

When Mr Ian Anderson of JETHRO TULL fame was presented the "Prog God" award in 2013 (proclaiming "Prog is Fun!") , fans of his colorful stage persona and unique musical talent already knew he had promised a "progressiv ... (read more)

Report this review (#1598965) | Posted by CapnBearbossa | Friday, August 19, 2016 | Review Permanlink

1 stars As Ian Anderson explained to Billboard in 2014, "To me, Jethro Tull is...the vast body of repertoire that's Jethro Tull, the record catalog, the music, and I think that, if we look back on it, it kind of came more or less to an end during the last 10 years or so (with) a couple of live albums and a ... (read more)

Report this review (#1592879) | Posted by hegelec | Saturday, July 30, 2016 | Review Permanlink

5 stars I am so happy I listened to this album because I am so positively surprised by it. Often I have hard to really understand the meaning of many modern records. Even if they are prog ones. This record by Ian Anderson did though give me the lovely feeling of true music, and also music that sounds ... (read more)

Report this review (#1235490) | Posted by DrömmarenAdrian | Tuesday, August 5, 2014 | Review Permanlink

4 stars An absolutely fantastic album. While I also quite liked TAAB2, this is better. Ian seems to keep telling people that it's some sort of metal album. I'm not sure why he thinks that, but metal this is not. Stylistically it strays pretty close to a slightly harder rocking Heavy Horses. In sayin ... (read more)

Report this review (#1219815) | Posted by Tristan Zaba | Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | Review Permanlink

4 stars I was not too much enthusiast with this year offerings (2014) so far but my point of view has changed now with the arrival of this new album from Mr. Anderson paired with the new Gazpacho album, Demon. To be honest I did not fully appreciated Homo Erraticus at first. I felt it lacked complexity ... (read more)

Report this review (#1168495) | Posted by phillihp | Thursday, May 1, 2014 | Review Permanlink

5 stars The 21st century music of Ian Anderson has been pleasantly good (The Secret Language of Birds, Rupi's Dance, Jethro Tull Christmas Album, etc.), surprisingly good (Thick as a Brick 2) and now, incredibly good (Homo Erraticus). Homo Erraticus is truly a great rock record and harkens back to Tull rock ... (read more)

Report this review (#1165960) | Posted by fraanco3 | Saturday, April 26, 2014 | Review Permanlink

2 stars I have been a huge fan of Ian Anderson/Jethro Tull for over 40 years (yes, I'm that old) so what I'm about to say feels a little like scolding your favorite child. Just my opinion, but Homo Erraticus seems more like a necessary vehicle to have a reason for a 2014 tour, rather than something cre ... (read more)

Report this review (#1163669) | Posted by epictetus | Sunday, April 20, 2014 | Review Permanlink

3 stars IAN ANDERSON ended the band that leaded him to success, saying he could no longer renew it. But he could renew his solo career (not renewing at all). Even Martin Barre managed to renew itself, being now a guitarrist that rock hard in a more traditional style. IAN ANDERSON is incapable of produce ... (read more)

Report this review (#1162408) | Posted by GKR | Thursday, April 17, 2014 | Review Permanlink

2 stars Starts off with a bang but ends with a wimper. No doubt many will laud this album simply because it's prog. Ian Anderson is a great prog musician and songwriter but his concept albums after 1972's Thick As A Brick simply don't work. Concept albums, like great stories, require great conclusions. ... (read more)

Report this review (#1161550) | Posted by SteveG | Tuesday, April 15, 2014 | Review Permanlink

4 stars I have heard it numerous times and I was not disappointed with it overall. There are some aspects though, as there would be with any release, that I enjoyed more than others. I loved the flute parts but would have liked more lengthy instrumental passages within the songs. I would have liked the ... (read more)

Report this review (#1161312) | Posted by platform | Monday, April 14, 2014 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Finally got my hands on the new IA record, and it is a pretty nice record, certainly an advance on TAAB2, but far from perfect. After several listens the album grows a lot on you, and the minor flaws it has diminish before your eyes (or ears), but do not kid yourself, they are there, ever present. ... (read more)

Report this review (#1161277) | Posted by Lucas Ferraz | Monday, April 14, 2014 | Review Permanlink

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