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NOMZAMO

IQ

 

Neo-Prog

2.87 | 349 ratings

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DACE
2 stars Ok, so "Nomzamo" is not a prog rock masterpiece; in fact it's hardly prog or rock. I'd say it's a pop album with a few prog structures in some songs. Taking the album as it is -a pop record by a neo prog band- I must say that it's not a bad record at all. In general I don't like neo prog, but I think "Nomzamo" is not such a horrible work as some people say, basically because it's not pretencious; it's its simplicity what appeals me the most. I don't know much about IQ but here the band sounds honest: there are some echoes of the most commercial sides of Genesis and Yes but they don't copy anybody (which is a lot if we talk about neo prog, isn't it?). Highlights? Well, the first two songs "No Love Lost" and "Promises" are two good pop songs (the second one has got a especially catchy tune); "Still Life" is a very relaxing track and includes a very beautiful sax (the best song here IMO); the second part of "Human Nature" is quite nice (reminds me of It Bites); "Common Ground" is a good song with a symphonic ending. The rest is a mix of pop and AOR which you might find a bit boring and, honestly, is nothing especial. To sum up, not an essential record at all but not as bad as some reviews state. It'd have to be 2.5 stars.
DACE | 2/5 |

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