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FREQUENCY

IQ

 

Neo-Prog

4.12 | 645 ratings

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The T
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5 stars One of the best albums of the year.

Unlike Subterranea, which lost focus somewhere in the middle, Frequency is a concept albums that smoothly flows from beginning to end without ever becomeing boring or confusing.

As always, the focus in IQ's music is the melody. The guitar is mostly in charge of providing the melodic support for the whole musical building, which leaves behind the equally-excellent but less-purely-neo-prog sound of Dark Matter with its short songs in favor of long, thoroughly developed anthems that take some time to digest but which reveal their magic after repeated listens.

The title track is, in my view, the best IQ song ever, with an impulse and drive unrivaled in most neo-prog. The band is clearly the flag-carrier of the genre as MARILLION has long ago left the progressive territories and other legendary bands have been producing erratic efforts. Frequency, unashamedly neo-prog in the best tradition of post-Hackett GENESIS and Fish- MARILLION, is the best album of IQ so far, and maybe the best of 2009.

The T | 5/5 |

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