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4 stars IQ has always been one of neo progressive bands that I love until today. What I like about IQ most is their consistency in the kind of music they play. It has been so consistent from the beginning and getting better. Their last album Dark Matter showed their commitment to stick into neo progressive. This is what MARILLION should have ever learnt. The latest album by Marillion "Somewhere Else" is completely disappointing. As a matter of fact, my colleague who is now in London for Led Zeppelin Reunion concert, Tatan Taufik, watched the concert of Marillion in small club on December 5, 2007. So many empty seats and he could not bear until the concert finished. He went home to his hotel after Marillion played Sugar Mice. So bad. Yeah, their latest album is pretty disappointing, so boring. Compare it with IQ who has been staying focused with neo progressive music. It's getting better everytime. The new drummer Andy Edwards seems so dynamic in his drumming style.

This concert is another performance of IQ well crafted songs from their previous studio albums. Some were regular setlist and some are really new because they are taken from the latest album. Well, it starts beautifully with "Sacred Sound" - a brilliant song from Dark Matter album. It indicates the band maturity to bring this song alive. It's so interesting. It moves back to the band's previous album with "It All Stop Here" continued with "Leap of Faith" of Ever album. What a melodic song. As usual Peter Nichols sings wholeheartedly while Martin Orford plays his keyboard in relaxed way. Mike Holmes is busy with providing melodic and catchy guitar fills and solo throughout the concert. John Jowitt is probably the most dynamic band member that moves around the stage. Right after "the Seventh House" which is performed excellently, the band gives a chance to its new drummer Andy Edwards to perform solo. This is the first time in IQ's history of recorded live concert that they give a portion of solo to the band member. Andy is an excellent drummer as I can see it from the video. One thing that I like most is the performance of short track "The Wake".

Disc Two is also the excellent performance by the band. There is slightly different setlist but they still maintain the same energy and performance as in Disc One.

I am really glad watching this DVD because IQ is still consistent in their music direction and they are getting better over time. Bravo IQ! Keep on proggin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW (written in Dec 7, 2007)

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