Homo Erraticus

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Two years after Thick as a Brick 2, an explicit 2012 sequel to the 1972 prog classic, Ian Anderson embarked on another ambitious journey, this time assembling a concept record called Homo Erraticus. A loose -- very loose -- album based on a "dusty, unpublished manuscript, written by local amateur historian Ernest T. Parritt (1873-1928)," Homo Erraticus is an old-fashioned prog record: it has narrative heft and ideas tied to the '70s, where jazz, classical, folk, orchestral pop, and rock all commingled in a thick, murky soup. Divorced from Tull, Anderson favors fruitiness -- he likes ripe melodies and baroque arrangements that showcase either his flute or the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Two years after Thick as a Brick 2, an explicit 2012 sequel to the 1972 prog classic, Ian Anderson embarked on another ambitious journey, this time assembling a concept record called Homo Erraticus. A loose -- very loose -- album based on a "dusty, unpublished manuscript, written by local amateur historian Ernest T. Parritt (1873-1928)," Homo Erraticus is an old-fashioned prog record: it has narrative heft and ideas tied to the '70s, where jazz, classical, folk, orchestral pop, and rock all commingled in a thick, murky soup. Divorced from Tull, Anderson favors fruitiness -- he likes ripe melodies and baroque arrangements that showcase either his flute or the dexterity of his band -- and if the music by and large isn't as forceful as Aqualung, partially due to the absence of muscular musicians, it nevertheless demonstrates a clear-eyed conception that is in the same lineage. Yes, the production on Homo Erraticus is too precise -- there's too much air, there's too much room to roam, decisions that diminish the impact of the music -- but the contours of the compositions deliberately and delicately recall classic Tull, so Homo Erraticus winds up satisfying: it's as close to '70s prog as is possible in 2014.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/15/2014
  • Label: Kscope
  • UPC: 802644829227
  • Catalog Number: 292
  • Sales rank: 9,878

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ian Anderson Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Flute, Vocals
John O'Hara Piano, Accordion, Keyboards, Hammond Organ
David Goodier Bass Guitar
Ryan O'Donnell Vocals
Florian Opahle Electric Guitar
Scott Hammond Drums
Technical Credits
Ian Anderson Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Nick Watson Mastering
Gerald Bostock Composer, Liner Notes
Florian Opahle Engineer, Digital Editing
Carl Glover Artwork
James Anderson Engineer
Michael Downs Engineer
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