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Album: Homo Erraticus
# Song Title   Time
1)    Doggerland
2)    Heavy Metals
3)    Enter the Uninvited
4)    Puer Ferox Adventus
5)    Meliora Sequamur
6)    Turnpike Inn, The
7)    Engineer, The
8)    Pax Britannica, The
9)    Tripudium Ad Bellum
10)    After These Wars
11)    New Blood, Old Veins
12)    In for a Pound
13)    Browning of the Green, The
14)    Per Errationes Ad Astra
15)    Cold Dead Reckoning
 

Album: Homo Erraticus
# Song Title   Time
1)    Doggerland
2)    Heavy Metals
3)    Enter the Uninvited
4)    Puer Ferox Adventus
5)    Meliora Sequamur
6)    Turnpike Inn, The
7)    Engineer, The
8)    Pax Britannica, The
9)    Tripudium Ad Bellum
10)    After These Wars
11)    New Blood, Old Veins
12)    In for a Pound
13)    Browning of the Green, The
14)    Per Errationes Ad Astra
15)    Cold Dead Reckoning
 
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  • Personnel: Ian Anderson (vocals, acoustic guitar, flute); Ryan O'Donnell (vocals); Florian Opahle (electric guitar); John O'Hara (accordion, piano, keyboards); David Goodier (bass guitar); Scott Hammond (drums).
  • Audio Mixer: Jakko M. Jakszyk.
  • Liner Note Authors: Gerald Bostock ; Ian Anderson .
  • Photographer: Carl Glover .
  • 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 A loose -- very loose -- album based on a "dusty, unpublished manuscript, written by local amateur historian Ernest T. Parritt (1873-1928)," Homo Erraticus is an old-fashioned prog record: it has narrative heft and ideas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. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Mojo (Publisher) (p.95) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he folky tune 'Heavy Metals' is charming."
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