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Ian Bets, Ian Wins,
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This review is from: Thick As A Brick 2 (Audio CD)
You can tell this album has everyone talking from the number of reviews in such a short space in time. I've not rushed to share my thoughts because this piece of music takes time to settle. You need to listen and let it grow. My conclusion, and of course it's only an opinion, is that this is the best piece Ian has written since Aqualung. It is positively inspired. Most will disagree when I say it is a better, and far more varied, album than the original TAAB.
For me this work finally confirms the man as a genius. The music is complicated, it's clever, it's certainly progressive and definitely contemporary. I think the theme of 'what ifs' is a masterstroke and has given him lots of scope to work in themes close to his heart. There has been much talk of who is in the band and who is not, but in the end it really doesn't matter. These guys can play beautifully and Ian and Steven Wilson have engineered the sound perfectly.
As said by an earlier reviewer, at this stage of his life it's an album of a quality we had no right to expect. Enjoy the past, but embrace this 'present'.