Release Date: Apr 15, 2014
Record label: Kscope
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Album Rock, Prog-Rock
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 A loose -- very loose -- album based on a "dusty, unpublished manuscript, written by local amateur historian Ernest T. Parritt (1873-1928)," Homo Erraticus is an old-fashioned prog record: it has narrative heft and ideas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.
Rebooting Thick As A Brick offered the initial indications that Ian Anderson has opted to shelve Jethro Tull, at least for the time being. If that’s the case, then indeed Homo Erraticus seals the deal. Anderson’s most ambitious solo project thus far — at least in terms of an album that doesn’t build entirely from a Tull template — it resembles the group in all but name only, the strongest indication so far that he doesn’t feel inclined to operate under the band banner whatsoever.