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Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull): Homo Erraticus *

Track List

>Heavy Metals
>Enter the Univited
>Pure Ferox Adventus
>Meliora Sequamur
>Turnpike Inn, The
>Engineer, The
>Pax Britannica, The
>Tripudium Ad Bellum
>After These Wars
>New Blood, Old Veins
>In for a Pound
>Browning of the Green, The
>Per Errationes Ad Astra
>Cold Dead Reckoning

Album Reviews:

Mojo (Publisher) (p.95) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he folky tune 'Heavy Metals' is charming."

Album Notes

Two years after Thick as a Brick 2, an explicit 2012 sequel to the 1972 prog classic, Ian Anderson embarked on another ambitious journey, this time assembling a concept record called Homo Erraticus. A loose -- very loose -- album based on a "dusty, unpublished manuscript, written by local amateur historian Ernest T. Parritt (1873-1928)," Homo Erraticus is an old-fashioned prog record: it has narrative heft and ideas tied to the '70s, where jazz, classical, folk, orchestral pop, and rock all commingled in a thick, murky soup. Divorced from Tull, Anderson favors fruitiness -- he likes ripe melodies and baroque arrangements that showcase either his flute or the dexterity of his band -- and if the music by and large isn't as forceful as Aqualung, partially due to the absence of muscular musicians, it nevertheless demonstrates a clear-eyed conception that is in the same lineage. Yes, the production on Homo Erraticus is too precise -- there's too much air, there's too much room to roam, decisions that diminish the impact of the music -- but the contours of the compositions deliberately and delicately recall classic Tull, so Homo Erraticus winds up satisfying: it's as close to '70s prog as is possible in 2014. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine


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