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Homo Erraticus

Ian Anderson Audio CD
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The new album from Jethro Tull frontman to be released on Calliandra Records in conjunction with Kscope on April 15th

In 2012 Ian Anderson released Thick As A Brick 2, the follow-up to Jethro Tull’s legendary concept album. The album was a critical and commercial success, charting around the world. In April he returns with Homo Erraticus, his new studio album.

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  • Audio CD (14 April 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Kscope
  • ASIN: B00IIZ2732
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
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The new album from Jethro Tull frontman to be released on Calliandra Records in conjunction with Kscope on April 14th. In 2012 Ian Anderson released Thick As A Brick 2, the follow-up to Jethro Tull's legendary concept album. The album was a critical and commercial success, charting around the world. In April he returns with Homo Erraticus, his new studio album. The original Thick As A Brick album, released in 1972, was based around the poem of disgraced child prodigy Gerald Bostock. For Homo Erraticus Anderson is reunited with Bostock, using lyrics written by Gerald based on an old historical manuscript. The manuscript examines key events from throughout British history before going on to offer a number of prophecies for the future. Suitably dramatised and exaggerated by Bostock as metaphors for modern life, he presented Anderson with ideas for 14 songs, which have now been set to music. The result is Homo Erraticus. The album will be released on Anderson's own Calliandra Records label in conjunction with Kscope on April 14th. Following the release of this "Jethro Tull album" in all but name, Ian and his band will be embarking on an extensive UK tour, where they will play the album in its entirety followed by a selection of Tull classics. These shows will be followed by further tours in Europe, America and more later in the year.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Respect 23 April 2014
By indigo
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A life-long JT fan, I approached this (and indeed the last) CD with caution. The first thing one can't help to notice, though, is the quality of the whole package: production values are exemplary in all categories! The care and attention to detail puts many other new CDs to shame. Is the music any good? Yes, it's excellent. Is it as good as TAAB1 or Aqualung? Of course not. After repeated listenings I don't find this recording as loveable as TAAB2, but you can't deny it's good music. Ian never had the voice of a rock vocalist and he was never bothered about catchy choruses (although he managed some over the years), but in the studio he still does a pretty decent job as a singer. Anyone who criticises that the music is nothing new misses the point: This album deliberately quotes previous JT tunes and obviously refers back to the glory days of prog rock. The lyrical concept is breathtaking and the complexity of the musical arrangements is familiar and - to my mind still - unrivalled in contemporary rock music. He broke fans' hearts by ditching Martin on guitar, but give the man some respect: His vision for his music is still impressive. Enjoy, there may never be anything comparable again!
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't Sit This One Out 16 April 2014
Format:Audio CD
I like this album. I wasn't convinced about TAAB2 but this is a return to form in my opinion. Lyrically it is ambitious, telling the story of Britain from pre-history to the future in just one disc, each track dealing with a different aspect. For example track one concerns migration and starts with the first Britons traipsing across the swampy Doggerland (later to be covered by the North Sea) from mainland Europe and finishes with the flow of migration reversed as the British re-colonise Europe in the 1960s with the advent of air travel and the package holiday. Musically, even though it is sold as an Ian Anderson solo album, this is much more Tullish than other solo efforts like The Secret Life of Birds, Rupi's Dance or Divinities. Indeed tracks like "Doggerland" would be completely at home on the Stormwatch album The musicians are top notch, and according to Anderson's commentary on the accompanying DVD, come from a classical or jazz tradition rather than folk or rock but that doesn't stop guitarist Florian Opahle channelling Martin Barre on occasions.
A genuinely interesting album, cleverly crafted lyrics, beautifully played and, like the best concept albums, it is very well presented in hard back digibook with background to the work as well as artwork and lyrics. The additional DVD has a subtle 5.1 surround mix by Jakko Jakszyk which adds to the listening experience.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So good, yet again...one of the greats 14 April 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Hmm...just finished listening to it for the first time. It's always difficult hearing new stuff from people who have been doing it for SO long. Of COURSE it will sound familiar, especially when it is based around ONE guy who ALWAYS does the songwriting. I'm just back from Vienna, and they play Mozart everywhere! It is all so obviously Mozart, and in many ways sounds the same. This is bound to happen. Uriah Heep, say, sound a bit different over the years, although still clearly 'them', because they have had so many line-up changes. Sure, Ian's band is not Tull, but with Ian at the helm it will always sound similar to previous work. To me it sounds remarkably good, and I look forward to getting to know it better. 5 stars reserved for the best ever albums.

So, after a few weeks and after the gig in Cambridge...WHAT a gig. Somehow we got middle of front-row seats...amazing! MASSIVE video back drop for all songs in both sets, and lots of humour as always, starting off with as video of Ian in a lunatic asylum getting his injections before sort of breaking out. The band were in the video dressed up suitably, then came out on stage in same gear for the first song. The new album played straight through, and it was a visual and musical treat. Sure, Ian has another singer/actor with him, and he is used not so much to reach the high notes, because Ian still gets there, but more to just 'relieve' Ian as he has to play flute and guitar too, so quite exhausting, at 66. And he is still pretty active around the stage. No old fart here. And what a star, coming up with wonderful new music so late on.We would have been happy if he played all that in the second half of the show!! You groaners out there - what on earth can you be moaning about, really?!! Ian, and many others of his era are still producing wonderful new music - Magnum, Alice, Wishbone Ash, Ray Davies, maybe decades after we thought they would do so. Enjoy them all....while we can.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Passion still at play 24 Jun 2014
By Huck Flynn VINE VOICE
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An interesting and enjoyable album from the irrepressible former Tull leader and his new band. I agree with others that this is a much more fully rounded band album that TAAB2 with some great guitar and keyboard contributions and some trademark flute licks to please die hard fans. Perhaps less acoustic guitar than i'd like but the singing is more than adequate and does justice to Anderson's clever lyrical concept and there are some memorable themes and motifs throughout to raise it above the level of a album of songs. However gone seem the days when Anderson could conjure up the great infectious jingles and phrases that you couldn't get out of your head for days. Very little in the way of hummable anthems here but lots of skillful interplay and tightly constructed compositions. It will be played regularly but not as often as Thick as a Brick, Passion Play, Benefit, Stand Up, Heavy Horses ....
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