The more I listen to Homo Erraticus, the more I enjoy it. No "radio ready" type tunes except for maybe Cold Dead Reckoning but taken as a whole it is quite latter day brilliant. Puer Ferox Adventus is my favorite track.
"The delight in making music is that you don't have a formula." - Ian Anderson of the legendary Jethro Tull talks Thick as Brick, Frank Zappa and tackling "the unstoppable population expansion of planet Earth" on "Locomotive Breath": http://www.songfacts.com/blog/interviews/ian_anderson_the_delight_in_making_music_is_that_you_don_t_have_a_formula_/
Thanks for the opinions, I really should check TAAB 2 out then! I thought it would be more like a cash-in than actually good music. :( But, does it loan much from TAAB musically, or is it completely a new composition? I wouldn't mind if it was somehow musically thematic / same as the original. :P Oh and what a coincidence: Happy birthday to Ian! ^_^
@Bought_New_Soul, me too. Along with "Banker Bets, Banker Wins". I'm sure the whole album will be growing in me with more listens. I think that If Phideaux and Big Big Train releases their new albums and it are the great albums I'm expecting, 2012 will be a great year on the prog rock.
I think it's extremely difficult to release a sequel of one of the most important prog albums, more than forty years later, and having unanimous awesome critics. Congratulations. This album make my day. THE BEST ANDERSON. IMO, TAAB2 will be an instant classic. (4 in Progarchives now, a really difficult mark)
I have to agree with the 2 previous comments, TAAB2 is just an excellent album. I was worried I would not like it, but it's fresh and solid, and the best vocal performance from Ian since long. A must-buy for the fans!
I don't usually like playing the same album back to back... but I'm on my 6th listen today. TAAB2 is insanely good, it's fresh and new, and at the same time nods to the past, not just TAAB but the entire career of Ian Anderson.