Legendary Rocker Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull fame has announced the release of the concept
album Homo Erraticus.
The release contains the elements that have become the signature of Ian
Anderson and Jethro Tull with lyrics that wind their way through the release,
exceptional musicianship from the Thick As A Brick 2 band, and
the amazing flute solos and melodies from Ian Anderson.
Ian Anderson – Homo Erraticus
Ian Adnerson – Homo Erraticus: Part One: Chronicles -
Doggerland; Heavy Metal; Enter The Univited; Puer Ferox Adventus; Meliora
Seqamur; The Turnpike Inn; The Engineer; The Pax Britannica; Part Two: Prophecies – Tripudium Ad
Bellum; Ager These Wars; New Blood, Old Veins; Part Three: Revelations –
In For A Pound; The Browning Of The Green; Per Errationes As Astra; Cold Dead
Personnel: Ian Anderson: Flute, Guitar, Bouzouki,
Mandolin, Harmonica, Vocals; David Goodier: Bass guitar and double bass; John
O’Hara: Orchestral conductor, piano, keyboards and accordion; Florian Opahle:
Guitar; Scott Hammond: Drums and percussion; Ryan O’Donnell: Vocals and stage
Ian Anderson – Homo
Erraticus was produced by Ian Anderson and was released on the Calliandra Records label in conjunction with K Scope Music. In addition to the CD release of HOMO ERRATICUS there is a Special CD/DVD Tour Edition available, which features a DVD track for each track on the CD.
Ian Anderson has released over 40 albums between releases under the band
name Jethro Tull or under Ian Anderson. He is a musician who has not only
crossed genre’s but has gone as far as to be referred to as the round genre peg
in a square peg industry as he cannot be tied down, which is what makes his
music so diverse.
With his latest release Homo
Erraticus, Ian Anderson brings out his signature adventurous sound via his
distinct vocals, changing melodies, and powerful instrumental segments. A little background on the release Homo Erraticus, it is a concept album
that according to the website continues on the story of Gerald Bostock of Thick
As a Brick. The ‘story’ is that the former child poet, Gerald Bostock, “wrote
the lyrics to the album after stumbling across a book that contains the
complete history of England
written by an amateur historian after a malarial fever dream that had him
entering the lives of several figures in British history.” Ian Anderson took
the concept and he spans the time continuum as he brought the story forward a few hundred years by infusing the lyrics
with current affairs, as well as going back in time a few hundred years.
Longtime fans of Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull will not be disappointed with Homo Erraticus.
The release is broken down into three parts: Chronicles,
Prophecies, and Revelations, which caries the ‘story’ through the release’s
The first part, Chronicles, defined as “a work of fiction or
nonfiction that describes a particular series of events,” opens with the track Doggerland that has a renaissance touch
and paints a moment in history through the melody. Ian’s vocals are influential
in setting the song’s mode and pace and when combined with that distinct
opening flute solo layered on the hard driving drum and base segment you know that
you are in for a classic track. The tracks Heavy
Metal, Enter The Uninvited, and Puer Ferox Adventus continue the story
with lyrics spiced with events from various centuries. The tracks musically ebb
and flow with the lyrics while advancing the tale on creative and catchy
melodies and solos. Other tracks found in the first segment are Meliora Sequamur, a church choir
arrangement with a lively melody and echoing backing vocals, The Turnpike Inn, The Engineer, and The Pax
Britannica round out the Chronicles.
Turning the ‘page’ to part two, Prophecies, defined as “a
prediction, prognostication, prognosis, or divination,” starts with the track Tripudium As Bellum and the release’s
pace quickens with a engrossing and hard driving musical arrangement. After These Wars and New Blood, Old Veins close out the
prophecies part with lyrics covering a series of time periods, while the musical
segments of the tracks are infused with jazz, pop, and rock components.
Part Three, Revelations, defined as “a surprising and
previously unknown fact, especially one that is made known in a dramatic way,”
has a short intro track, In For a Pound,
that sets the table for the track, The
Browning Of The Green, that musically and lyrically is one of the great
tracks on the release and starts to bring the listener’s travels to a close.
The closing tracks for Revelations and Homo
Erracticus are Per Errationes Ad
Astra, which is a reading from the book of “Homo Erracticus,” and Cold Dead Reckoning with its tight
arrangement that pounds out a marching melody which marches us along to a
dramatic ending while our finger moves to hit replay.
Homo Erraticus is
an entertaining release both musically and lyrically and with the Thick As A
Brick 2 band the release holds true to the drive and musical flow that fans of
Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull have come to expect.
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