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IAN ANDERSON

Prog Folk • United Kingdom


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Leader/founder of JETHRO TULL and veteran of the 60's blues-rock scene, this eccentric and highly charismatic minstrel who used to get the most incredible sounds from his golden flute is now in his late 50's, yet shows no signs of slowing down. Indeed, he keeps on touring and churning out albums despite a totally apathetic music industry. In 1983 he decided to go solo and has since graced us with four new albums.

In general, his solo material closely resembles that of traditional JETHRO TULL, although it tends to be more serious and more instrumental. "Walk Into Light" (1983) features Peter John Vetteese (EURYTHMICS) on keyboards; the album suffers from a poor 80's production but Vetteese's rhythmic and catchy play complements Anderson's mellow vocals rather well. "Divinities: Twelve Dances with God" (1995) is the least TULL-like of the lot: basically a classical album, it is totally instrumental and its spiritual theme runs the gamut from Indian to Russian to Celtic Folk. "The Secret Language of Birds" (2000), a rather acoustic album, returns to the 70's roots and dons some particularly memorable melodies. "Rupi's Dance" (2003) is the one that most closely celebrates the old TULL days and will likely be the TULL fans' favourite. Anderson's gentle, self-deprecating wit and knack for writing simple, yet endearing melodies shine through out.

Recommended for JETHRO TULL followers and for progressive folk fans in general.

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  • Psicodália 2015 on 13 Feb 2015
  • Jethro Tull´s Ian Anderson on 10 Apr 2015
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  • ~ Ian Anderson performs Orchestral Jethro Tull ~ on 14 Apr 2015
  • Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson on 11 May 2015
  • The Best of Jethro Tull performed by Ian Anderson on 12 May 2015
  • Jethro Tull performed by Ian Anderson on 13 May 2015
  • Jethro Tull's IAN ANDERSON performs new album 'Homo Erraticus' plus The Best of Tull on 19 May 2015
  • Kløften Festival on 25 Jun 2015
  • Ramblin' Man Fair on 25 Jul 2015

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IAN ANDERSON top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.85 | 96 ratings
Walk Into Light
1983
3.63 | 108 ratings
Divinities: Twelve Dances With God
1995
3.69 | 127 ratings
The Secret Language Of Birds
2000
3.77 | 116 ratings
Rupi's Dance
2003
3.74 | 353 ratings
Thick As A Brick 2: Whatever Happened To Gerald Bostock?
2012
3.65 | 165 ratings
Homo Erraticus
2014

IAN ANDERSON Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.97 | 55 ratings
Ian Anderson Plays the Orchestral Jethro Tull
2005
3.94 | 12 ratings
Thick As A Brick Live In Iceland
2014

IAN ANDERSON Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

3.84 | 29 ratings
Ian Anderson Plays the Orchestral Jethro Tull
2005
3.80 | 5 ratings
Thick As A Brick Live in Iceland
2014

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Fly By Night
1983

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 Thick As A Brick 2: Whatever Happened To Gerald Bostock? by ANDERSON, IAN album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.74 | 353 ratings

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Thick As A Brick 2: Whatever Happened To Gerald Bostock?
Ian Anderson Prog Folk

Review by GrassySound

4 stars I was surprised when Ian Anderson decided to legitimately make a concept album, especially since the original Brick was a complete spoof on the notion that Aqualung was a conceptual piece. However, the music throughout this album is very strong, among IA's strongest "rock" music in a number of years. Like most IA/Tull music, there are a myriad of genres and styles, but this is what I find (and have always found) rewarding in IA's music.

Lyrically, IA questions what Gerald Bostick might be doing 40 years later. Five potential notions are suggested: greedy bank manager, homosexual homeless man, Afghan War soldier, evangelist preacher, and an ordinary man (single and childless) who runs a local store. Each proposition is intriguing, yet sometimes disturbing.

Though not a "Tull" album, this is still rife with strong musical and lyrical elements. Highly recommended!!

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3.74 | 353 ratings

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Review by Progulator
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3 stars The question of the level of awesomeness of Jethro Tull's Thick as a Brick 2, unfortunately, and perhaps unjustly has much more to do with the choice of the album title than with the actual quality of the music itself. In other words, the choice of the name Thick as a Brick 2 begs the listener to listen to it in reference to Thick as a Brick, which inevitably forces the comparison between the albums. The result inevitably becomes a matter of, "Is Thick as a Brick 2 worthy of the title, regardless of the thematic connection between the albums?" This is something that each listener will have to figure out on their own.

Honestly, I would love to say that I took this album completely independently of its predecessor. But unfortunately I was not that strong. I could not stop myself from constantly making value judgements on this album based off Thick as a Brick, which I know definitely does not do justice to Thick as a Brick 2. In short, Thick as a Brick 2, in and of itself is good music. It's a chalk full of good Jethro Tull style folk melodies, witty lyrics, and fantastic flute playing. Plus they make fabulous use of cool little bells, which I'm a sucker for. Between tracks there are poetic narrations that introduce parts of the story. While these are well executed, some fans might be turned off by them, but in the end, it was enjoyable for me and it helped solidify continuity between tracks and between the albums.

How does it hold up to Thick as a Brick? In short, it doesn't. All of the energy, dynamic, and magic of Thick as a Brick simply is not present on Thick as a Brick 2. At least I didn't feel it. Thick as a Brick 2, for the most part, felt pretty slowly paced. The compositions were much more relaxed in dynamic, and I never really felt like they were taking me somewhere track by track. Each song seemed pretty self-contained and by the time the next one came around it felt like you were starting over from square 1. On the other hand, the original Thick as a Brick really felt like it was taking you on a journey; there was a certain fierceness and intensity about it, and by the end you felt like you really went on a great ride.

In the end, Thick as a Brick 2 is a solid album by a band that has long since proved itself. Jethro Tull fans should find it enjoyable, as would most prog fans in general. My only suggestion for all bands out there is to be very careful about naming something after one of your utmost classics.

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 Thick As A Brick Live In Iceland by ANDERSON, IAN album cover Live, 2014
3.94 | 12 ratings

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Ian Anderson Prog Folk

Review by Evolver
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4 stars In the movie "The Other Guys", there is a running gag where Mark Wahlburg's character, a New York detective, shows off all sorts of "unmanly" skills, and explains each having been learned as a child to tease other kids. One incident has him showing off ballet moves to impress his ex-wife. The following dialogue occurs:

Allen Gamble: Hey, I didn't know you can dance. Terry Hoitz: We used to do those dance moves to make fun of guys when we were kids to show them how queer they were, okay. Allen Gamble: You learned to dance like that sarcastically? Terry Hoitz: Yeah, I guess.

It's fairly well known and documented that Ian Anderson wrote Thick As A Brick as a deliberate parody of prog rock epics, because he was annoyed by critics calling "Aqualung" a concept album. Lyrically, he takes some obvious shots at said critics, where the title comes into play, and also sends joking barbs at his own band, as well as his fans.

Ironically, Anderson's joke became one of the most loved prog tracks of all time. The lyrics, as tongue-in-cheek as they are, are fun, and although they change focus more than a little throughout the song, manage to convey an interesting trip through a family's power struggle. Musically, Anderson created memorable melodies, and a wonderfully complex symphonic piece that used recurring and evolving themes that build to one of the most satisfying climaxes of any musical genre. (excuse me while I have a cigarette)

Four decades later, Anderson decided to honor the piece with a sequel album and a world tour featuring complete performances of both albums. I'm sorry to say that circumstances prevented me from attending any of the shows in my part of the world. But at least this album serves as an historical record of the event.

The performance of Thick As A Brick 1 (as it now must be known) is spectacular. Despite the band not being Jethro Tull, which really means that Martin Barre is not there, the sound is unmistakably Tull. Florian Opahle's guitar comes close enough to Barre's performance style and tone to satisfy the nostalgic listener.

The piece itself is stretch out to over fifty minutes, mostly by extending solos, all of which are exceptional, and some rearrangements and expansions of other passages. If anything, the difficult sections are faster, tighter, and more impressive than the original.

My only complaint is a seven minute interlude in the center of the piece, I presume to give Anderson some rest, where the song stops, and Anderson extols the male members of the audience to get prostrate exams, and even coerces one member of the audience to (faked, I hope) examine another behind a screen on the stage. While (very) slightly amusing, it is not something I want to hear frequently, and edited it out of the track for my MP3 player.

The performance of the sequel is strong as well, but since the album is still new, there is little variation, other than solos on the performance.

My rating, 4.5 stars for 1, 4 stars for 2. If you love the original, and want to hear a new version, this album is a must. If you do not have TAAB2, you might want this disk instead of the studio version, as it comes with that great version of 1.

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 Homo Erraticus by ANDERSON, IAN album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.65 | 165 ratings

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Ian Anderson Prog Folk

Review by Neu!mann
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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 lucrative 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.

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 Homo Erraticus by ANDERSON, IAN album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.65 | 165 ratings

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Ian Anderson Prog Folk

Review by DrömmarenAdrian

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 like the fantastic seventies. Another reason I like this record so mush is that it's folk rock, perhaps rather than folk prog, I genre close to me with groups as Steeleye Span, Fairport Convention, Folk & Rackare and Folque.

Ian Anderson, born 1947, has been around singing and playing his excentric music since the late sixties has here made his sixth solo album. Its cover shows a big spiritual man walking towards us with a rod in a desert landscape. As we are used to know him Ian Anderson performs with his great mouth, singing and playing flute is a masterful way. His playing is folky and very professional and his singing is unique and very poetic. The lyrics are qualified, filled with impressions and thoughts from popular culture and features of today. Both texts and melodies follow in an order, a specific thematic way.

He also has a group of very talanted musicians with him: John O'Hara which plays accordion(a welcome ingredient), piano, keyboards and organ, Florian Opahle who perform his guitar art, David Goodier who palys bass, Scott Hammond who drums and the co-singer Ryan O'Donnell. You could say it sounds like Jethro Tull, but I don't know why, this is absolutely as good as Jethro Tull.

I also like every track on the record, and I already look forward to hear it again. "The Engineer" for example is a perfect example of folk rock, full of inspiration and ideas and the sacral "Meliora Sequamur" which has something of market in it are perfect such as "The Browning of the Green", very English and also a bit electronic. "Puer Ferox Adventus" is a lovely ballad with so much instrumental fashion and "Enter the Uninvited" serves us glimpses of our poupular culture in a cosy manner. Of course a early as on "Doggerland" I was cought. This tasts so good. Almost everything on this album is perfect and I think you will find your own favourites beside these I mentioned. This is one of many few modern records I actually love. I think it's so genuine and English and it is telling something to us. We are talking about a record of words, so read them and listen! Five stars!

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 Homo Erraticus by ANDERSON, IAN album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.65 | 165 ratings

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Homo Erraticus
Ian Anderson Prog Folk

Review by Tristan Zaba

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 saying this, I mean it takes into consideration all those lovely textures and clean arrangements. This album also gets quite inventive, with some interesting rhythms, meter changes, and progressions. In the accompanying deluxe edition documentary, he even mentions Captain Beefheart as providing some inspiration.

I think Ian's voice is sounding better than on TAAB2. It doesn't have that punch it used to have, but it still all sounds quite nice and he expresses the lyrics well. His flute-playing seems to get better with every album, which it should. After all, every album contributes to his playing experience. The band plays through the music very proficiently. If anything, they sound a bit too polished for some bits. It might just be due to the fact that most of them are pretty clean-cut jazz and classical musicians. However, they still add a lot of character to the parts and interpret them very nicely.

The concept includes Bostock again, so you know it'll be weird. It chronicles humanity's rise and fall as the dominant species on earth, as told by some guy locked in a sanatorium after an unfortunate run-in with malaria. However, it is quite poignant and sometimes rather unsettling. Pop culture references from all periods are everywhere. You actually really have to pay attention to catch all of them. They work well and are obviously very well thought-out.

Stylistically varied, musically solid, and lyrically curious, Homo Erraticus is a great solo album from Ian Anderson, and probably his best outside of Jethro Tull. The one real negative is that having heard so much of his other work, there are moments where it seems a little too formulaic. However, it is still an incredibly enjoyable effort and something I am sure I will find myself listening to on and off for years to come.

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Homo Erraticus
Ian Anderson Prog Folk

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

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!

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Homo Erraticus
Ian Anderson Prog Folk

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

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.

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Homo Erraticus
Ian Anderson Prog Folk

Review by Second Life Syndrome
Collaborator Post/Math Rock Team

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

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Homo Erraticus
Ian Anderson Prog Folk

Review by Evolver
Special Collaborator Crossover & JazzRock/Fusion 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...

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