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|Ian Anderson||Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Flute, Vocals|
|John O'Hara||Piano, Keyboards, Hammond Organ|
|David Goodier||Glockenspiel, Bass Guitar|
|Pete Judge||Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Tenor Horn|
|Florian Opahle||Electric Guitar|
|Scott Hammond||Percussion, Drums|
|Ian Anderson||Composer, Producer|
|Florian Opahle||Digital Editing|
Posted April 18, 2012
Thick As A Brick 2 is, if nothing else, conclusive proof that when something is done this well, eras, trends and even worse "genres" lose their precedence. This album is nothing short of brilliant and endears itself to the listener more and more upon re-visit.
The music is excellent and is full of well written melodic hooks that initially captivate but reveal upon repeated listens a sophisticated structure of both development and recapitulation.
For fans of Mr. Anderson who wish to peruse his rich and thought provoking lyrics, there is a bounty for one's mind when reading of the varied life and possiibilities of one Gerald Bostock, the central character of the album. "What If's, Maybe's and Might Have Been's" describing how a passing chance or a chosen fork in the road always holds potential to change one's destiny, hence we have the Gerald Bostock character appearing in multiple and varied lives. The content is rich and there is much to be studied even as pure poetry alone.
The "Pebbles" instrumental, one of two recurring main themes of the new album, evokes images of a faraway sea chanty or a distant plainsong of the moors in it's ethereally haunting flute passage.
This is a record that will stand the test of time and is well worth your purchase as you will be rewarded through many listens. How many items of media in one's own collection really adds up to the potential of this? I cannot recommend this purchase higher.
The Special Edition is well worth the price as in addition to a CD (and yes it is important especially in this day and age to actually buy physical product so that physical product continues to exist from record companies) there is also a DVD which contains a mini documentary on the recording of TAAB 2, a poetry reading of the lyrics by Ian (filmed against various background locales), both 5.1 and DTS surround mixes and a 24 bit high resolution stereo mix along with a PDF for computer of the "St Cleve Chronicle" cover artwork which is based from the original TAAB of 40 years ago.
Congratulations to Ian Anderson and band for proving that the constant of time is what we make of it, and what we choose of it.
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Posted April 24, 2012