IAN ANDERSON The Secret Language Of Birds (2000)

The Secret Language Of Birds (2000)
The Direction Tull Should Have Taken

The Secret Language Of Birds may be the best Jethro Tull album you’ve never heard… as it was marketed as (and truly is) an Ian Anderson solo LP. Secret Language is engaging in a way that Tull records have long ceased to be, placing Anderson’s rich melodic sense of song front and center. Ian sounds more at home, more conversational and less preachy – relaxed and real in a way he hasn’t sounded in a long time – where his flute work becomes a natural extension of the music’s Celtic roots, instead of a punctuation mark for Tull’s theatrics. The acoustics are rewarding and ringing, and the album’s rich production and use of multi-stringed instrumentation makes this some of Anderson’s best work since the 70s. I, for one, would have gladly followed the Jethro Tull brand name into this more dignified direction. A refined Martin Barre even shows up for a couple of tracks. The three hidden tracks include a new, acoustic recording of “Thick As A Brick.” Amazon.

The Secret Language Of Birds (4:17)
The Little Flower Girl (3:37)
Montserrat (3:20)
Postcard Day (5:03)
The Water Carrier (2:54)
Set-Aside (1:26)
A Better Moon (3:45)
Sanctuary (4:38)
The Jasmine Corridor (3:53)
The Habanero Reel (3:59)
Panama Freighter (:20)
The Secret Language Of Birds, Part II (3:04)
Boris Dancing (3:07)
Circular Breathing (3:43)
The Stormont Shuffle (4:11)
Intro (0:08)Hidden Track
In The Grip Of Stronger Stuff (2:50)Hidden Track
Thick As A Brick (2:37) Hidden Track



  • Art Ducko
    April 25, 2009 - 07:59 | Permalink

    This sounds great, Willard. It's a shame this flew under the radar. Again, perfect music for the springtime. All I need now is an English garden.

  • Anonymous
    April 25, 2009 - 10:01 | Permalink

    Hey Pjnsudz, I have an English garden ! How's that for a co-incidence
    Now all we need is a springtime. Any Boaties out there willing to share ?

    Also Thanks Willard

  • boboquisp
    April 25, 2009 - 13:28 | Permalink

    Thanks for the post, very cool! bbq

  • Anonymous
    April 27, 2009 - 20:55 | Permalink

    Very nice, has a songs from the wood/stormwatch feel to it.
    thanks for a very nice post

  • Capt. Willard
    November 7, 2009 - 13:24 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • Rick
    October 12, 2011 - 15:20 | Permalink

    This is a georgeous album. Brilliant acoustic guitarist – maybe only Richard Thompson is better.
    Nice to have this one with the hidden tracks.

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