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THE SEVENTH HOUSE

IQ

 

Neo-Prog

4.03 | 433 ratings

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MovingPictures07
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5 stars You want emotions? You got it!

1. The Wrong Side of Weird- Opening with an awesome keyboard part, this song immediately shows that it is one of IQ's best compositions. Soulful vocals, absolutely amazing keyboards, and other solid instrumentation coupled with some of the best song-writing in neo-prog makes this song an essential album in their catalogue. Fantastic. 10/10

2. Erosion- The keyboard work. amazing!! The heavenly intro is simply stunning. The way that this song builds is seamless, turning from an all-atmospheric piece to adapting rock elements as well. Vocals are very emotional here, complementing the music perfectly. It is a good follow-up to the opening track, but doesn't quite pack the same punch. 9/10

3. The Seventh House- A gentle acoustic guitar opening with this song and you can tell that you're in for more of IQ's vivid scenery. The guitar shines on this track more so than the previous two and the song structure again is very good. This one doesn't capture me nearly as much as the last two, however, but that hardly takes anything away from its rating. 8/10

4. Zero Hour- Good song with wonderful, soothing saxophone! This one strikes me more as a ballad and has an interesting feel to it. The keyboards again are of note and the tones are very deep and well-selected. 8/10

5. Shooting Angels- What an intro! I simply can't get over how heavenly those keyboards are; I could listen to that introduction over and over. The song then turns into a substantially good proggy rocker, with a good "shooting" backbeat of the drums. 9/10

6. Guiding Light- The closer may even be a better song than the intro. This is the most formal ballad on this album and certainly works very well in that regard. The combination of vocals, piano, and the drifting synthesizer is genius and the introduction works well. What's even better is the direction that this song takes! This turns into quite an amazing prog-filled song with really good instrumentation. The conclusion then reprises the opening but in a perfectly flowing uplift that can only be heard. Stunning! 10/10

Although I don't pull out this album quite as often anymore, that doesn't make it any less of a masterpiece its respective genre. Emotional, proggy awesomeness with some of the most comforting keyboard parts ever written. If you haven't heard this one and you are a fan of Symphonic or Neo-prog, what are you waiting for?

MovingPictures07 | 5/5 |

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