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Homo Erraticus

14 April 2014 | Format: MP3

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  • Label: Kscope
  • Copyright: (c) 2014 Ian Anderson Under Licence To Kscope
  • Total Length: 51:50
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  • ASIN: B00JOTDUAA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,539 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By P. Taylor on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By indigo on 23 April 2014
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Haasmic on 10 May 2014
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This is obviously a great four disc collection. Done with great care, skill, and humour. But, you really won't be listening much to the main CD or the two DVDs. That material is obviously wonderful, but it's nothing you haven't heard before: the breathy flute, the masterful guitar licks, and the rapidly changing time signatures, that have graced all of Ian Anderson's works, from Jethro Tull until now. Give those three discs to your Metallica-loving friends to show them the error of their ways.

No, the jewel in this collection is the "Erraticus Amplius Bonus CD." There, in all its glory, you will find the acoustic CD that we've always wanted Ian to do. Here, he presents the early, demo versions of the songs that eventually appear in orchestrated form on the final Homo Erraticus CD. This is just Ian, singing to a click track, and playing just his flute, his acoustic guitar and what, on some of the songs, sounds like Clive Bunker's charm bracelet as some bonus percussion. He isn't trying to hide anything behind some sketchy accordion playing here; he isn't repeating phrasing that's he's used in the past (best example on the main CD is how much Enter the Uninvited sounds like Hot Mango Flush), and he isn't trying to show how cleverly he can change direction in the middle of a song or find a place to drop in some unnecessary electric guitar. No, what he presents here is direct, stark, bare, and yes, downright sexy playing and singing that's worth the price of admission to this set all by itself.

My only quibble with the entire set, and this is a minor one, is that I think the coffee table book that comes with it would have been better if it had included a short essay about, or even by, Ray Davies. That would have made the project much more memorable and poignant for me. Aside from that slight disappointment, however, you will really enjoy the acoustic CD in this collection.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By David R. Walters on 14 April 2014
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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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