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The new album from Jethro Tull frontman to be released on Calliandra Records in conjunction with Kscope on April 15th

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  • Audio CD (November 9, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Import
  • ASIN: B0040X8HQ2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,617 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This album has surpassed all my expectations!
Bill Weresnick
I have been a fan of Jethro Tull/Ian Anderson for years and have an extensive collection of recordings.
Michael Delorme
It's not only a collection of wonderful music, it's a true work of art.

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74 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Scott A. Nollen on March 9, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is adapted from a draft of my forthcoming book JETHRO TULL: A MUSICAL GUIDE, with the participation of Ian Anderson, Dave Pegg and Doane Perry [copyright 2000 Scott Allen Nollen]:
Simply put, THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF BIRDS is arguably the most consistently superb album Ian Anderson has released in a 32-year recording career. All 15 tracks are equally impressive, blending his ethnic influences-English, Celtic, Indian/Middle Eastern, Spanish, Russian (no African-American blues this time)-with lush acoustic arrangements incorporating folk, jazz and laid-back, primarily non-electric rock. (Two tracks feature subtle electric contributions from Martin Barre.) Reaching back to the days of MINSTREL IN THE GALLERY, SONGS FROM THE WOOD, HEAVY HORSES and STORMWATCH, he offers exactly what he does best, at times (beautifully accompanied by Andrew Giddings on accordion) sounding like the greatest of all traditional Scottish folk groups-Silly Wizard, the Tannahill Weavers and the Old Blind Dogs-yet maintaining a style that is totally unique. The only classification that can be placed upon this music is that it falls within the genre of "Ian Anderson."
The entire album is testament to the fact that Ian Anderson's roots in ethnic music always have given him the potential to create an organic, utterly non-commercial masterwork such as THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF BIRDS. For admirers of traditional music, particularly Celtic, and fans of Jethro Tull, this project, even moreso than SONGS FROM THE WOOD and HEAVY HORSES, reveals Anderson's genius for merging past musical styles with wholly modern ones. On this album, he takes the musical fusion process he honed with Jethro Tull for three decades and moves it to a higher, more refined plane. THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF BIRDS, containing 15 equally fine tracks, staggering musical diversity and virtuoso playing by both Anderson and Giddings, is a bona fide masterpiece and a gift to fans of Jethro Tull.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Bellagio on March 29, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Although I am a dedicated fan of Jethro Tull I was lackadaisical about purchasing the new Ian Anderson solo album. Perhaps it's the chequered history of Mr. Anderson's solo efforts (I enjoyed "Divinities," but it isn't something that would make you rush out to get it). Perhaps it was having heard the title track as an extra track on Dot Com (a very nice piece, but not really as impressive as the ending songs on the Tull album). So after accidentally hearing a track on the radio one day (it was "Postcard Day"), I cruised onto this site and was astounded by what I saw here.
Now we Tull fans are a dedicated cult, no doubt. But never had I seen such unanimity of opinion about one of their albums. Even the fans of "early Tull" (the hard-rockers) have never heaped such effusive praise on "Stand Up" as I found here. So I devotedly submitted my order for this CD, thinking that someone (or many someones must be nuts). I mean, how else can you explain the hyperbole of one reviewer describing Mr. Anderson as the late-20th century Mozart? (I'm sure he cringes at that one).
Now I've listened to the CD a half-dozen times. (Don't you love those reviewers who claim to listen to part of a CD once and swear never to listen again, and then write a review about music they never bothered to learn? They should be sentenced to three-chords and a cloud of noise for the rest of their natural lives).
Mea Culpa.
Maybe the aforementioned reviewer was guilty of some hyperbole, but then how else can you explain the profusion of vibrant melodies that spill off of this CD? That such variation of texture and depth of sound can be produced from such modest means can leave me only to conclude that true genius was at work: Mr. Anderson's is apparent by this time, however, Mr.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Ballou on March 7, 2000
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Brilliant. It's simple - the man is brilliant. What can I say? Ian Anderson is a modern legend and an underappreciated innovator. He's eloquent, intelligent and worthy of praise. BUY THIS CD! The definite hook for me on this one is Boris Dancing; wonderful time work, interesting moves... an amazing track. The two Secret Language of Birds tracks also work well. Subtle sonic textures, mellow motifs hark back to Ian's Divinities offering. Quaint, intelligent, subversive, questioning, inspirational lyrics are a continuing mark of Ian's songwriting. While I can't say that I have always loved every single song he has had a part in making, I can tell you that many times the lyrics have endeared the songs to me whereas I had been initially put off by other factors. But this CD is all Ian - all beauty and artistic sensibility. If there was any fear that Ian Anderson/Jethro Tull had lost their fire, this CD and the J-Tull dot Com CD must be final proof that they are better than ever. Kudos goes out to Andrew Giddings as well, a wonderful asset to all that is Tull. Great work on Divinities, dot Com and TSLOB, Andy! And here's to many more years for Ian and the boys!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Skip Savage on August 20, 2003
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This CD will appeal to you no matter who you are. If you have never heard of Ian Anderson or Jethro Tull, and have no frame of reference, you will love this collection of songs. On the other hand, if you approach this work with ears educated by repeated listenings to classic Tull, you will love this collection of songs. The writing, the playing, the lyrics, the pacing, the consistency - it's as if Ian is applying everything he learned in the past 39 years with a delicate and deliberate prowess.
Here's where I'm coming from. The very first LP I owned was Thick As A Brick, (my second was Aqualung) back in the early 70s. I was a diehard fan then, but in the intervening years I lost my interest in what Ian was doing. He had lost his way, I thought, even imitating Dire Straits on Crest of the Knave. I drifted away.
When he started to lose his voice I could see it was all coming to an end. Divinities seemed to prove that. It was a fork in the road that led away from the past forms into serious stuff that tried but failed to light my candle.

So how did my prediction of the end work out? Not just wrong but 180 degrees from right! Dry those tears, boy and shout for joy! Ian must have been saving up great melodies for this release. Plus his flute and guitar playing has never impressed me more.
The Secret Language of Birds is everything I like in his music without the bits in previous recordings I sort of wish he left out. This recording is fresh, lush, and alive.
Clearly Ian's well is not dry. My only regret is not discovering this earlier (I didn't want another Divinities so I stopped shopping in that aisle). Don't make that same mistake.
I strongly urge you to buy this CD immediately.
If you are a loyal Tull fan, please spread the word. Play it for your friends.
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