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3.96 | 27 ratings | 3 reviews | 7% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1995

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. One Life (13:24)
(i) The spirit of nature
(ii) The spirit of man
(iii) Magic eyes
2. Another Life (11:42)
3. The Same Old Way (5:26)
4. Two Steps Ahead of Time (6:51)
(i) F.M.
(ii) Dolphin's ride
5. A Pair of Hands (6:14)
6. Challenge of the Unknown (10:20)
(i) In the dark
(ii) Greater unknown
(iii) Now and here
7. In Every Stranger Eyes (7:28)

Total Time: 57:25


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Line-up / Musicians

- Ralf Großmann / lead vocals, rhythm & acoustic guitar
- Steffen Hermann / keyboards
- Eva-Maria Baumann / flute, backing vocals
- Hatwig Dieterich / bass
- Joachim Lauber / drums
- Thomas Glönkler / electric & acoustic guitar

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Cd Gäumoggel Records

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I.C.U. Now And Here ratings distribution

(27 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(7%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(74%)
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Collectors/fans only (0%)
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Review by tszirmay
4 stars One shot neo prog wonder! Their first and third albums were really not all that interesting , looks like they spent all their energies both musically and compositionally on this special gem. Murky cover artwork notwithstanding, this recording sizzles from the shining opener, the epic "One Life" , a three part mini-opus with stunning vocals courtesy of Ralph Grossmann, inventive clear production that highlights a strong rythm section and lots of mood changes and accelerations, culminating in the finale "Magic Eyes" . No real weak moments here , as demonstrated by "A Pair of Hands" and the pulsating finale "In Every Stranger's Eyes" . Great guitars, occasional flute, lush keys , solid bass and thumping drums not withstanding, its the material that really sticks to your brain, remaining very current/modern as opposed to another neo-Genesis clone. This is closer to The Cure than any Trick of the Tail!!! I am not an unconditional fan of vocals (let's all admit now, once and for all that real good singing is not one of current prog's forte, as we still consider Greg Lake as the best???? Go figure... ) but this recording really delivers the lyrics with gusto, passion and fire. Arguably, one of the 10 best Neo albums all-time, on par or better than any IQ, Arena,Marillion, Galahad or Pendragon .Give this a good serious listen , you will fall under the spell Now & Here. 4.5 doctored units
Review by b_olariu
4 stars Great and totaly unknown german neo/symphonic prog band from mid to late '90's with 3 albums under their belt. Quite obscure release their second offer from 1995 named Now and here and managing to have a moderate succes, but to me this album sounds truly great. Most of the time neo prog with some symphonic prog traces here and there I.C.U really made an excellent album that every prog fan must take a listen. Sincere and very discrete Now and here is almost a lost little tresure in this realm. From melacholic almost sad vocal parts to the great instrumental passages, this album is a winner. keeping the flag high in neo prog zone. Complex arrangements where the guitat and keubords are melted very well with quite intresting passages, the perfect example are Another Life or Challenge of the Unknown. This is not another neo prog clone of the well known giants in this field, at least for me, even the vocal parts remind me of bands like No Name or Arena in places. To me was and still is a pleasent surprise this band. Nice flute parts in some sections giving avery original atmosphere overall. 4 stars easy.

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4 stars I.C.U not very original, maybe typical symphonic progressive band,but we have very nice felling over this band 'Now and here' second cd of band is a concept album with nice melody.The flute play by Ava-Maria form a litle classical aspect whit piano. and also great backing vocal byAna-Maria. ... (read more)

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