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Ian Anderson, Homo Erraticus (Kscope Records)
CD Reviews April 17, 2014




Ian Anderson, Homo Erraticus (Kscope Records)

I imagine there’s a huge percentage of Boomers who believe Jethro Tull hasn’t done anything since Aqualung, a rational assumption given that no Tull song under the age of 43 gets played on any of the frozen-in-time rebel-rawk radio stations. Actually, even though the franchise itself has been dormant release-wise since 1999 (except for a Christmas album in 2003), Tull singer Ian Anderson has been consistently working his Dickensian-street-bum flute shtick all along, mainly in the cause of advancing snobby prog-rock, like this stuff. This fuzzily conceptual album (now that’s familiar territory) is a ren-fair geek’s wildest dream: sea shanty and jig styles, flutes, metal guitars, Hammond organ, accordions, lots of eloquent proselytizing on vaguely historical stuff and global warming stuff and other stuff, whatever — even now, Anderson’s lyrics have not ceased in reminding me of the most boring college lectures I ever survived.  As expected, here there be all kinds of clever instrumental gymnastics executed with shabby Irish flair, like if Return to Forever lost a bet and had to soundtrack a Hobbit movie. A- — Eric W. Saeger





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