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3.46 | 106 ratings

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4 stars This is mostly a reedition of songs from "Nine In A Pound Is Here". If you like the early IQ, then you should appreciate this one. The drums are very fast and complex. The bass is absolutely outstanding, complex and very present, especially on "Capital Letters". The omnipresent electric guitars are excellent, as always. This record is very progressive. The guys are very versatile. "About Lake Five" has wonderful bluesy prog parts full of catchy guitars and fretless bass. Intelligence quotient is a masterpiece of rythm changing, elaborated keyboards, outstanding bass and drum parts, sometimes reaching the quintessence. Nothing is simple here!

Here is why I don't give 5 stars: "Barbell is in" is a Peter GABRIEL-esque simple song, not progressive, full of percussions, and IMO it is irrelevant on this record. For the taking is a smoother song than the others with acoustic guitar, less progressive, but not bad. They "duplicate" the songs! The bassist is not the same from one CD to another. Yours to compare!

greenback | 4/5 |


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