A personal view on music, all kinds of music.
Artist: Ian Anderson
Album: Thick As A Brick 2: Whatever Happened To Gerald Bostock?
The idea of recording a part 2 to that special and amazing record 40 years later is… not good. Specially because Ian Anderson admited that he was not even considering this idea, but eventually he was persuaded to do it.
In the last years, the music scene has seen many Progressive Rock dinossaurs attempting to get something else from their good days, and most of the time the material only is worthy for the ‘remember the past’ feel, not because of the quality.
Thick As A Brick 2: Whatever Happened To Gerald Bostock? (2012) released in March is one of those records, it tries to evoke the old times, but hey, we’re not in the 70’s anymore, this is just impossible. I can understand a new album by a old artist trying to do new things, but if you’re doing a part 2 you NEED to have that old sound, that old feeling. And the fact that the album have 17 little tracks doesn’t help much either.
The album itself isn’t bad, far from that, Ian is great after all this years, his vocals are still good, his flutes and acoustic guitars didn’t even need to be mentioned, cause they’re always good. One thing that worried everyone was that Martin Barre, the only member of Jethro Tull that was always presente aside Ian Anderson throughout the years, wouldn’t be here can be eased, the new guitar man, Florian Opahle, is great.
But the album, overall, has no depth. Keyboards are far away in the background, John O’Hara simply doesn’t exist here, the bass player David Goodier, like 99% of all others, uses the same too much low tune and just follow, no clever bits or ‘magic’ and makes you miss a lot of Jeffrey Hammond Hammond, and in special, the drummer… is Scott Hammond dead??? No excitement in none of the tracks.
Of course everything is very professional, but lacks passion, the passion that a good album require, and I’m not even talking that this should be exactly like the original album, cause it’s just impossible, we’ew in 2012, but I’m talking about the passion of doing music that I cannot see here, with the exception of the guitar player.
1. From A Pebble Thrown (3:04)
2. Pebbles Instrumental (3:30)
3. Might-have-beens (0:50)
4. Upper Sixth Loan Shark (1:13)
5. Banker Bets, Banker Wins (4:27)
6. Swing It Far (3:28)
7. Adrift And Dumfounded (4:25)
8. Old School Song (3:06)
9. Wootton Bassett Town (3:43)
10. Power And Spirit (1:59)
11. Give Till It Hurts (1:12)
12. Cosy Corner (1:24)
13. Shunt And Shuffle (2:12)
14. A Change Of Horses (8:04)
15. Confessional (3:08)
16. Kismet In Suburbia (4:17)
17. What-ifs, Maybes And Might-have-beens (3:36)