Rupi's Dance is Ian Anderson's fourth solo album and his second of the 21st Century. There's a trend developing: less Jethro Tull albums, more solo albums from its members. All of which makes one ponder whether or not this trend is healthy for the music. By all indications, it probably is. Rupi's Dance is less dense and severe than a Tull album; rather, it shows a mature, down to earth, and human side of Anderson that is fresh, vital and downright fascinating. Through the subtle touches of the acoustic guitar, flute and a winsome voice, we hear about pigeons ("Pigeon Flying Over Berlin"), penguins ("A Raft Of Penguins") and cats (the title track and "Old Black Cat"). Anderson's fondness for the animal kingdom doesn't dominate the CD. He joyfully recounts unique observations regarding coffee ("Calliandra Shade") people ("Lost In Crowds," "A Week Of Moments," and "A Hand Of Thumbs"), current events ("Not Ralitsa Vassileva") and computer programs ("Photo Shop"). You're not going to find anything as challenging and mind-boggling as Thick As A Brick or A Passion Play. The music on Rupi's Dance is from a man who has grown comfortable with his station in life, which, by all accounts, isn't a bad place to be. We should all be this fortunate.
~ Shawn Perry