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FREQUENCY

IQ

 

Neo-Prog

4.12 | 618 ratings

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b_olariu
Prog Reviewer
3 stars actualy 3.5 stars

The newest to date IQ album released in 2009 and named Frequency is another worthy neo prog album from their catalogue. IQ being one of my fav neo prog bands for many years knowing almost all their albums and reviewing aswell some of them, I've decided to re check this release in proper manner. Steping out from the IQ helm well known and respected musicians Martin Orford and Paul Cook who contribute a lot to the revigoration and re establish the neo prog genre in last almost 30 years they were replaced by Mark Westworth and Andy Edwards. To me this album sounds little darker then previous works maybe due to the fact of these two new musicians but aswell the band is again in top form like it was in last 20 years. A solid album with top performance , just to be checked the first two pieces, the title track and Life Support what a strong and imaginative passages here, strong rhythmic section and excellent ideas overall. Ryker Skies is another highlight with Nicholls delivering some great vocal moments from melacholical passages to a more refined ones, each time he really shines. The musicianship is again great, overall no weak moments, but I don't think this is their best album, I count Ever, The wake, Dark matter or Seventh house to be more intresting and more balanced then Frequency, but never the less this album comes very close behind. I loive Iq music for almost 20 years with each release they show maturity and above all complex and inventive arrangements, that why they are considered one of the pioneers of the genre and among the most respected band from neo prog zone. A good towards great album but not groundbreaking like aforementioned previous albums.

b_olariu | 3/5 |

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