Ian Anderson – Homo Erraticus

Ian Anderson - Homo Erraticus

The new studio album by Jethro Tull‘s main man Ian Anderson, Homo Erraticus, is set to be launched on April 14th via Kscope. Back in 2012, Anderson released a sequel to critically acclaimed Thick as a Brick (1972) bringing back Gerald Bostock. For Homo Erraticus Ian Anderson is reunited with Bostock again, who wrote the lyrics for the new album based on an old historical manuscript that examines key events from the British history.

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Homo Erraticus (translated as the wandering man) is divided in three parts titled Chronicles, Prophecies and Revelations. Each of the songs off the album is considered a separate chapter which tells the story for a certain time period. That means that the last chapter – Revelations – actually tells the story of the present and the future. For the full synopsis on the album’s story, check this link.

Ian Anderson Band

Ian Anderson Band

Musically, Homo Erraticus is the union of prog, folk and metal. Slightly heavier than TAAB2, it brings everything that Anderson and Tull are known for during the past 45 years: quirky vocals, beautifully melodic flute and Hammond fragments and both heavy and mild guitar voicings. With the same line-up who recorded Thick as a Brick 2, with Homo Erraticus Ian Anderson provides a close-up to what he has been doing for almost half a century. Doggerland which is folk enough not to be a heavy metal song opens the album with a clear statement. The solo interchange between guitarist Florian Opahle and organist John O’Hara continues to follow the trajectory tracing the route from metallic passage to more progressive ambient. It sounds very persuasive and it really made me wonder why it was decided to push forward Enter the Uninvited as the album’s single. Don’t get me wrong, Enter the Uninvited is an excellent representative of what Homo Erraticus sound like. On the other side, this kind of album is not really suitable for chopping into singles because of its conceptual side and unfitness to show itself in a full format. Once you hear it, you’ll get it.

Speaking of guitar playing, if you felt lack of Martin Barre on TAAB2, you will keep feeling that way on Homo Erraticus as well. This is the topic that has been marked as a touchy subject over the last two years, but c’est la vie. Florian Opahle got the chance again and he does solid work on the new album. His presence in the mix is as it should be. One of the probably most surprising elements on Homo Erraticus is John O’Hara‘s playing. He is mostly on Hammond, but is giving additional support by employing accordion and classic piano.

Predicting where does Homo Erraticus stand comparing to Thick as a Brick 2 or will it achieve the same success is ungrateful due to many factors, but there is certain potential this new album possess. It’s lyrical progressive folk with metallic vibe showcasing very good instrumental work, with Ian Anderson overseeing. In short. What else you may want?

Tracklist:

Part 1: Chronicles
1. Doggerland (4:20)
2. Heavy Metals (1:29)
3. Enter The Uninvited (4:12)
4. Puer Ferox Adventus (7:11)
5. Meliora Sequamur (3:32)
6. The Turnpike Inn (3:08)
7. The Engineer (3:12)
8. The Pax Britannica (3:05)

Part 2: Prophecies
9. Tripudium Ad Bellum (2:48)
10. After These Wars (4:28)
11. New Blood, Old Veins (2:31)

Part 3: Revelations
12. In For A Pound (0:36)
13. The Browning Of The Green (4:05)
14. Per Errationes Ad Astra (1:33)
15. Cold Dead Reckoning (5:28)

Line-up:

* Ian Anderson – vocals, flute, acoustic guitar
* John O’Hara – Hammond organ, piano, keyboards
* David Goodier – bass guitar, glockenspiel
* Florian Opahle – electric guitar
* Scott Hammond – drums, percussion
* Ryan O’Donnell – vocals

Links:

http://jethrotull.com/

http://homoerraticus.com/

Nikola Savić is a prog enthusiast, blogger and author, in addition to being the founder of Prog Sphere, Progify, ProgLyrics and the ongoing Progstravaganza compilation series.

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