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5.0 out of 5 stars Who else sounds this good after 35 years?
In a recent interview, Ian Anderson said that one of the things that kept him going, after 35 years in the music business, was the determination to show that his best work was not behind him. Well, for those of us whose musical education began with such stellar albums as 'Thick as a Brick' and 'Passion Play' in the 1970s, these albums set a standard of musical literacy...
Published on 5 Sep 2003 by dean7389

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but listen before buying
Very well written and performed with excellent production and sound quality. I bought it a while ago now and haven't listened to the album for a few months- as good as it is; some of the tracks seemed very 'discordant' and for me this spoiled the overall experience. I still listen to the original Jethro music and maybe I have expected more of the same which 'Rupl's Dance'...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rupi's Dance: Ian Anderson - Anderson in top form, 1 April 2011
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Victor (Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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This is the fourth solo album from Jethro Tull frontman and seemingly inexhaustible musical creative genius Ian Anderson. Free from the constraints of the band he is able to give his whimsy full reign as he creates a disc packed full of rather delightful tunes and lyrics.

This seems at times a very personal album, with an ode to Anderson's cat, and songs inslpired by his everyday experiences. Mainly acoustic, with a folk/jazz style and a humour that is uniquely Anderson, this is a real feel good record that is garuanteed to put a smile on your face. After all these years as the main creatinve force behind Tull it is a mystery how he still does it, but he does and here's hoping there is plenty more to come yet!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rupi's Dance.........Very enjoyable, 26 Aug 2003
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If you are a fan of Ian's solo stuff, buy this album and you'll love it. Although different from S.L.O.B.it's in a similar kind of vein, a bit more upbeat perhaps. Basically if you liked SLOB you'll enjoy this too.
I'm not a great one for analysing music but why not go to the link on Jtull.com and listen to the samples and see what you think.
I'm quite addicted to this album already- thanks Mr Anderson!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect, 30 Mar 2011
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This album is such a masterpiece. It really is. It's Ian Anderson at his best - a bit of folk, a bit of acoustic - and of course flute! An essential buy for any Jethro Tull fan - highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Let's Dance, 17 July 2010
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A great album from Ian Anderson. Less acoustic and folky than the Secret Language of Birds, this is still very melodic and intelligent, with songs generally addressing small personal issues which seem to suit IA very well. It's a shame IA hasn't topped this yet with a last great Tull album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A musical giant, 14 April 2013
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Great album.
Fast delivery.
Obviously if you like Jethro Tull you will be interested in this album but it should also appeal to anyone who likes original instrumental music.
Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is magic, 27 Aug 2003
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The legend Ian Anderson is back with a stunning album.
Has to be his best work in years and for anyone fan of jethro Tull it has echoes of the 70's hey day. An absolute must have album. Best thing I’ve heard all year!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Yes Mr Anderson, 17 Sep 2014
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AJ "Alan" (Joburg, South Africa) - See all my reviews
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Really good album from Mr Anderson, uplifting songs, great flute playing catchy acoustic guitars.This is not Jethro Tull but it sounds like in parts.I much prefer this album to Secret Language Of Birds its more up tempo which I like but Secrets is a great album in its own right and some listeners will prefer this one.
A very talented chap indeed.Pure quality of sound and production.
Enjoy!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Out on a Limb?, 28 Aug 2003
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Mr. P. G. Mccarthy (Southampton, UK) - See all my reviews
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For many years, devout Tull fans longed for, and probably expected, an intimate and broadly acoustic solo album from Ian Anderson. 'Walk into Light' was the antithesis of that. A great set but fairly impersonal and predominantly electronic. It took until 'Secret Language of Birds' before that expectation was realized.
Now we have another offering in the same vein. 'Rupi's Dance' is deeply personal and almost entirely acoustic and his very distictive flute playing is featured on every track; from the catchy opening track 'Calliandra Shade' those flutes grow on you with repeated listening. The intimate nature of the set is revealed by the track 'Old Black Cat'; Anderson claims this song was written hours after his cat's demise. Throughout the collection, Anderson seems at pains to reveal his insecurities, fear of crowds, fear of intimate conversation, his intellectual ability and playing with orchestras before a waiting crowd as in 'A Raft of Penguins'. His song writing is as witty as ever and his singing on form.
But there is an important 'But'. The music covers far too much familiar ground for me and one is left wondering what Anderson's role is these days or what his next step might be. I felt an uncomfortable sense of deja vu just too often. His recent work with orchestras made me expect something a little different, even a 'reinventing' of himself; something 'fresher', In this respect the set is disappointing. A great CD, (you'll be singing those songs all day), and a neccesary item for your Tull/Anderson collection without a doubt....but not his best.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Melee of Music, 26 Aug 2003
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IAN THOBURN (EPSOM, SURREY United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Ian Andersons latest offering brings him right back to his best form, with songs that hark back to the earlier days of his career,and then quickly bring you back right up too date
As ever it is the words that tangle and intertwine so well, twisting and turning as the melodies hauntingly drift in and out.
surely there is no one else who can produce such intricate lyrics from seemingly everyday activities.
We have celtic roots and curry induced orchestral pieces.
It is far stronger an album than "secret Language of Birds" though this is not to belittle the former, it just shows how much more comfortable Ian Anderson is now with the musicians he assembles for his solo meanderings.
a worthy album for anyone who loves wordplay, and real music, an essential album for any "Tull enthusiast"
i award it 4 stars as it is almost the perfect album and one which certainly will be high on the playlist for some time now
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5.0 out of 5 stars RUPI'S DANCE, 4 Sep 2014
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This is a truly charming album.

Ian has produced a collection of songs which are upbeat, light of touch and beautifully written and executed.

The whimsical cover reflects the content - delightful.
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