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TALES FROM THE LUSH ATTIC

IQ

 

Neo-Prog

3.84 | 454 ratings

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ramien
5 stars I really think this is a must-have. In 1983, after recording some demos, and a cassette named "seven stories into eight", finally IQ recorded the first official album: "Tales from the lush attic". Several people claim, even today, they are a copy of Genesis. I think not. But I do think they took something from them. Think about "Musical Box". Don't you find that "Last Human Gateway" have both the same basic structure? Slow - Fast - Slow - Fast -Slow. Maybe this song was composed the first. I think that because, when you look to the songs one after another, you see that the "Genesis" thing is disappearing slowly. Through the corridors" reminds me of "Harold the Barrel". But wait... wasn't Harold the Barrel a soft song? Yes... "...corridors" is heavier. Could it be the "Genesis thing" that lasted in the rest of the album? Let's see. Awake and nervous doesn't remind me of nothing of the sort of Genesis. I think it's a completely new kind of song (not that they discovered the well, lol). "My baby treats me..." reminds me of Horizons (but obviously, piano-made). "The enemy smacks" reminds me of "The knife".

But, I still don't believe this is ONLY a copy. Why?

When I first heard Genesis' old tracks, I heard only the most popular (Cinema show, Firth of Fifth, Watcher of the skies, The lamb lies, etc.) And I heard "The knife" too. It shocked me. A great guitar solo, incredible vocals. So I loved it a lot. In time, I came to value Genesis much and much more. But it wasn't till I heard "Trespass" that I missed something. "The knife", "Stagnation", "Looking for someone". Why didn't they did more songs like these? Why only Musical Box after them and no more?

And here I find some songs that sound like that, completely!!!

Now, let's see how I see this album:

This a Genesis' fans album. Made by a group of fans who liked "The knife" and "Musical Box" a lot. And so, with that songs still in their heads, they go to the recording room and compose everything they like to. And: so it is. Oopss... a little like Genesis. Is it bad? Naaaa... stop bothering. They have not cloned. They have created.

That's my opinion. Maybe I'm wrong. But if I'm close to the truth, then... this is 5/5. This is what I think.

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