Thick as a Brick 2

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Thick as a Brick 2
Ian Anderson - Thick As A Brick 2.jpg
Studio album by Ian Anderson
Released 4 April 2012
Recorded March 2011, November 2011
Genre Progressive rock
Length 53:45
Label Chrysalis/EMI Records
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Producer Ian Anderson
Ian Anderson chronology
Ian Anderson Plays the Orchestral Jethro Tull
Thick as a Brick 2
Homo Erraticus

Thick as a Brick 2, abbreviated TAAB 2 (pronounced /tæb t/ by Anderson) and subtitled Whatever Happened to Gerald Bostock?, is the fifth studio album by Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson, released in 2012 as a follow-up of Thick as a Brick, Jethro Tull's highly acclaimed 1972 concept album. It entered the Billboard chart at No. 55.

Concept overview[edit]

According to Anderson, TAAB 2 (pronounced /tæb t/ by Anderson) focuses on Gerald Bostock, the fictional boy genius author of the original album, forty years later. "I wonder what the eight-year-old Gerald Bostock would be doing today. Would the fabled newspaper still exist?"[1] The follow-up album presents five divergent, hypothetical life stories for Gerald Bostock, including a greedy investment banker, a homosexual homeless man, a soldier in the Afghan War, a sanctimonious evangelist preacher, and a most ordinary man who (married and childless) runs a corner store; by the end of the album, however, all five possibilities seem to converge in a similar concluding moment of gloomy or pitiful solitude.[2] In March 2012, to follow the style of the mock-newspaper cover (The St Cleve Chronicle and Linwell Advertiser) of the original Thick as a Brick album, an online newspaper was set up, simply titled StCleve:


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[3]
PopMatters 5/10[4]
Sputnik Music 4.0/5[5]

AllMusic gave three stars to the album, calling it: "cleaner and streamlined, not as indulgent or idealistic as [Anderson] younger work, boasting a more sensible structure, yet it still bears all of his signatures from the flute to rambling folk-rock".[6]

The album debuted at No. 55 on the Billboard chart, at No. 13 in the German Albums Chart,[7] at No. 12 in the Finnish Album Chart,[8] at No. 19 in the Austrian Album Charts,[9] at No. 30 in the Norwegian Album Charts,[10] at No. 31 in the Swiss Album Charts,[11] at number No. 74 on the Canadian Albums Chart,[12] at No. 35 on the UK charts,[13] at No. 76 in the Dutch Album Chart[14] and at No. 99 on the Spanish charts.[15]

Live performances[edit]

Anderson performed the entire album live on tour in 2012.[16] In August 2014, Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson released CD/DVD/Blu-ray Thick as a Brick - Live in Iceland. The concert was recorded in Reykjavík, Iceland on 22 June 2012 and featured complete Thick as a Brick and Thick as a Brick 2 performances by the Ian Anderson Touring Band.[17]

Track listing[edit]

The original Thick as a Brick consists of only two long tracks comprising a single song, while the TAAB 2 lists 17 separate songs merged into 13 distinct tracks (some labelled as medleys), although also all flowing together much like a single song.

All songs written and composed by Ian Anderson

No. Title Length
1. "From a Pebble Thrown"   3:05
2. "Medley: Pebbles Instrumental / Might-Have-Beens"   4:21
3. "Medley: Upper Sixth Loan Shark / Banker Bets, Banker Wins"   5:41
4. "Swing It Far"   3:28
5. "Adrift and Dumfounded"   4:25
6. "Old School Song"   3:07
7. "Wootton Bassett Town"   3:44
8. "Medley: Power and Spirit / Give Till It Hurts"   3:11
9. "Medley: Cosy Corner / Shunt and Shuffle"   3:37
10. "A Change of Horses"   8:04
11. "Confessional"   3:09
12. "Kismet in Suburbia"   4:17
13. "What-ifs, Maybes and Might-Have-Beens"   3:36
Total length:


The 2-disc edition includes a DVD with the following contents:

  • Audio:
    • 5.1 Surround Mix
    • Super Quality 24-bit Stereo Mix
  • Video:
    • TAAB2 "The making of" Video
    • Studio recording sessions, interviews and more
    • The Lyric Reading Video (Anderson)
  • DVD-ROM:
    • Multilingual Lyric Translations (pdf files)
    • Web Pages (pdf)


  • Steven Wilson – mixing engineer
  • Mike Downs – recording engineer
  • Ian Anderson – liner notes
  • Peter Mew – mastering engineer


Chart (2012) Peak
Hungarian Albums Chart[18] 2

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson On Thick as a Brick 2, the Grammys And More". American Songwriter. 2 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "New CD Release by Ian Anderson Revives the Prog Genre". 11 April 2012. 
  3. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "IAN ANDERSON Thick As A Brick 2: Whatever Happened To Gerald Bostock?". Allmusic. 
  4. ^ Murphy, Sean (14 May 2012). "Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson: Thick As a Brick 2 < PopMatters". Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  5. ^
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  7. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche –". Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  8. ^ " – Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson – TAAB2 – Thick As A Brick 2". Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  9. ^ "Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson – TAAB2 – Thick As A Brick 2 –". Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  10. ^ " – Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson – TAAB2 – Thick As A Brick 2". Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  11. ^ "Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson – TAAB2 – Thick As A Brick 2 –". Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
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  13. ^ "The Official Charts Company – Thick As A Brick 2 by Ian Anderson Search". The Official Charts Company. 6 May 2013. 
  14. ^ " – Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson – TAAB2 – Thick As A Brick 2". Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  15. ^ " – Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson – TAAB2 – Thick As A Brick 2". Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  16. ^ ""Thick as a Brick" Played in Special 2012 Tour". 
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  18. ^ "MAHASZ – Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége". Retrieved 29 August 2012. 

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