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4.7 out of 5 stars

on 5 September 2003
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 and sophistication that will always be impossible to match. And there have been times, over the years, when Anderson's artistic muse seemed to have deserted him.
But then suddenly in the mid-1990s, he produced two astonishing records - 'Divinities' and 'Roots to Branches' - that possessed all the virtues of the best Tull music from the past. Ian's next solo effort, 'Secret Language of Birds', continued in the same vein, and also contained some of his loveliest acoustic songwriting.
His latest album, 'Rupi's Dance', should silence the critics once and for all. The whole album finds Anderson at the peak of his creative and artistic powers, both as a songwriter and as a musician. The overall sound of the album is dominated by the infinitely subtle, clever, and varied inter-weaving of flute and acoustic guitar, with a string quartet and accordian thrown in for good measure. Each song is packed with melodic inventiveness and variety, and the melodies on some of the songs, such as 'My old black cat' and 'Lost in crowds', are particularly haunting and reminiscent of Ian's best songwriting from the 1970s.
Anderson's music defies all attempts at categorisation. It has been described as a blend of blues, jazz and celtic/english folk music, but this implies that it is a hybrid whereas it is really much more than that. Ian certainly draws on these and other influences, but he transforms them into something completely distinctive and original. Quite how he manages to do this has always been a mystery to me, but I suppose that is the nature of musical genius - it is innate and not dependent on outside influences. It's truly a blessing that he has given us so much great music over the years. That he should still be doing so after three and a half decades in the business is simply amazing.
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on 8 August 2016
I think the latest Jethro Tull or Ian Anderson albums have a lot in common when you consider the use of the wide range of acoustic instruments and the earcatching folk rock melodies. To tell you the truth Rupi's Dance is an old favorite and considering the fact that my own fellow countrymen - The Sturcz String Quartet also contributed to it along with the legendary Hungarian pop musician Leslie/László Mandoki, you may understand why I ordered it on Amazon.
Ian's old and new bandmates Andrew Giddings, Martin Barre, Doane Perry, David Goodier, James Duncan, and John O'Hara also played on this excellent album, which was released in 2003.
As for the songs, my favorite ones are Calliandra Shade (The Cappuccino Song), Eurology, Rupi's Dance, Pigeon Flying Over Berlin Zoo, Griminelli's Lament, Birthday Card At Christmas, Old Black Cat, you see this list is endless and if you have managed to see Ian Anderson on tour recently, you must remember him and his band playing one or two of them. Now that is why it is a must for Jethro Tull fans, so if you consider yourself a self-respecting Jethro Tull fan, you will follow my advice and you will get it asap.
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on 26 January 2014
I HATE the current music scene, acts as disposable as toilet paper, monkeys dancing for Simon Cowell, nitwits like Bieber and porn videos masquerading as pop videos. What a JOYOUS breath of fresh air it is, then, to come across a new album from a man whose career has spanned the better part of fifty years, and find that it is a glorious, intricate, homely, understated, personal piece of work with all the wit, and wry observationalism that so marked the best of his previous work. Jethro Tull may be on somewhat of a sabbatical, but Ian is obviously very much at the height of his musical powers in home-studio world. All the tracks on here have a light, sure-footedness, an intricate weave and Mr. Anderson's worldview as penetrating as it always was. I won't go on about stand-out tracks, but I adore the title track, as will anyone who has ever owned a kitten, as well as Old Black Cat, for anyone who has ever lost a beloved feline companion. Keep 'em coming, Mr. Anderson, and help us to overturn the ghastly world of current music!!
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HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERon 1 April 2011
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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on 6 September 2017
Mr Anderson always suprise! This solo projekt is one of his best productions
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VINE VOICEon 17 July 2010
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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on 7 February 2018
Music that i canrelate too.
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on 14 July 2015
Great songs, yet again Ian Anderson shows his mastery of the genre.
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on 14 April 2013
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.
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on 22 October 2016
As a fan of Ian Anderson this is one of my favourites of his. It's sentimental, but has some beautiful tracks on it.
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