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2 stars [N.B. This review is equally applicable to the band's next album, Are You Sitting Comfortably, which I will not review for that reason.]

With the departure of Peter Nicholls, IQ practically dropped all pretense of being prog. Yes, there are some proggish moments in a couple of these compositions, particularly in the instrumental sections. But new vocalist/lyricist Paul Menel apparently had a radical (and largely negative) effect on the band, moving them decidedly toward the commercial side of Genesis, Asia and Yes. Taken in that light, the songs are not that bad, and Menel does have some strengths as both vocalist and lyricist. What is perhaps most sad is that there are some good ideas here, particularly lyrically, but they never reach even a fraction of their potential. Instead, the band seems hellbent on writing a hit song (probably because they were now on a major label), and seems to have consigned its formerly increasingly proggish nature to the past. Oh well. The good news is that we would only have to wait one more album before Nicholls returned, and the band began making up for lost time...

maani | 2/5 |


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