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||Doggerland||Ian Anderson||4:19||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Heavy Metals||Ian Anderson||1:32||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Enter the Uninvited||Ian Anderson||4:12||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Puer Ferox Adventus||Ian Anderson||7:13||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Meliora Sequamur||Ian Anderson||3:34||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||The Turnpike Inn||Ian Anderson||3:07||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||The Engineer||Ian Anderson||3:11||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||The Pax Britannica||Ian Anderson||3:05||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Tripudium Ad Bellum||Ian Anderson||2:50||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||After These Wars||Ian Anderson||4:29||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||New Blood, Old Veins||Ian Anderson||2:31||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||In For a Pound||Ian Anderson||0:36||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||The Browning of the Green||Ian Anderson||4:05||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Per Errationes Ad Astra||Ian Anderson||1:34||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Cold Dead Reckoning||Ian Anderson||5:29||$1.29||View in iTunes|
Ian Anderson's music follows a familiar schematic for anyone who grew up loving the sounds of Jethro Tull. Anderson’s flute solos and his decision to accentuate the key riffs in these songs are immediately recognizable to anyone who’s ever heard “Aqualung.” The backing band features strong musicians who supply Hammond organ and piano (John O’Hara), brawny electric guitars (Florian Opahle), and complicated rhythms (bassist David Goodier, drummer Scott Hammond); they follow Anderson through ambitious twists and turns. The two and a half minutes of “New Blood, Old Veins” make a tougher assignment than being in a bar band playing the blues. The 15 songs here tell the tale of Thick as a Brick’s Gerald Bostock having discovered a manuscript from the '20s written by a British soldier named Ernest T. Parritt, who was suffering from malaria. Parritt’s writings tell the history of northern Europe from the Mesolithic era to his own and into the future. Bostock takes these writings and fashions them into lyrics that are then sung by the real-life Ian Anderson, whose prog-rock experience comes in mighty handy turning these ideas into songs.
Could be Epic...
From the track snippets I’ve heard so far through the Jethro Tull/IA website and marketing campaign there are moments in the music that echo some of the best prog-era Tull I’ve heard in many years. Elements of Heavy Horses, Minstrel and even later stuff like Broadsword and the Beast - are present in the tracks - and Anderson’s voice, at times throughout the samples has enough reverb applied and precision to echo earlier Tull. I wasn’t terribly impressed with the songwriting of TAABII (aside from Change of Horses), but am very hopeful of what I’ve heard so far. The overall attention to the design of the packaging and concept is pretty lush as well, which is always a good sign in my book.
Ian at the top of his game!
Great album. Anderson brings back the spirit of Heavy Horses in this follow up to TAAB2. Martin Barre can be imitated.....never duplicated.
Prog Rock Feast
This one has it all and is the most enjoyable prog rock record from IA in a long time. Lyrics, melodies, crunching guitar solos, stirring keyboards, strong vocals. Killer rock tracks - Doggerland and Cold Dead Reckoning — OMG the beginning and the end.
Born: August 10, 1947 in Dunfermline, Scotland
Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s