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3 stars Generally I don't like neo-prog at all : I hear just secondary clones of real proggers from 70-th there. Sorry!

But between neo-prog division there are few bands, that are better than hundreds of their faceless competitors. For sure, the first one is early Marillion. The next one could be IQ.

This IQ album is recorded in 2004, not the best time even for neo-prog movement. But the album surprisingly isn't bad.

There are just five long songs, all midtempo, with multi-textured sound,professional arrangements, really nice vocal. In fact, you have some kind of neo-prog standard ( in good sense) there. Plenty of keyboards, full orchestrated sound.

If I was person who was born in eightees, never heard Genesis, never new nothing about prog rock roots,etc, I think I possible will be very happy with this album.

But whenever I am not, and I don't like imitators, it's difficult for me to fall in love with this music. By my head I understand, that it is very competent early-Genesis tribute band. And whenever Peter Gabriel's Genesis doesn't exist, may be it's not bad, that someone just trying to continue their musical ideas ( can't say - "develope", just - "continue"). But I can look on it only like on original ideas translators to new generation.

Nothing is bad with it , but let say true - even high quality translator isn't original artist. And, they are working their translator's job 20+ years!

So, not bad album,especially for year 2004, but in case with IQ I prefer their earlier works. And generally in music - I prefer originals.

snobb | 3/5 |


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