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2.77 | 228 ratings | 26 reviews | 8% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1987

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. No Love Lost (6:02)
2. Promises (As The Years Go By) (4:34)
3. Nomzamo (7:00)
4. Still Life (5:57)
5. Passing Strangers (3:47)
6. Human Nature (9:41)
7. Screaming (4:07)
8. Common Ground (6:59)
Bonus tracks:
9. Colourflow (5:26)
10. No Love Lost (Piano/Vocal Version) (4:12)
11. Common Ground (live) (6:34)

Total Time: 64:26

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Line-up / Musicians

- Paul Cook / drums
- Tim Esau / bass, bass pedals, rhythm guitar, vocals
- Mike Holmes / electric and acoustic guitars, guitar synth
- Paul Menel / vocals
- Martin Orford / keyboards, vocals

Additional Musicians:
- Ray Carless / sax
- Phillip Erb: Emu II programming
- Micky Groome / backing vocals
- Jules / vocal duet (Track 9)

Releases information

Limited Edition-LP Squawk Records / Metronome 834 181-1 (1987)
with a bonus "IQ 'Live' EP" Metronome 870 085-1

SIDE A:
1) The Wake/The Last Human Gateway (9:49)

SIDE B:
1) Passing Strangers (3:33)
2) Common Ground (6:36)

CD Squawk Records / Mercury 832 141-2 (1987) (only 10 tracks)
CD Giant Electric Pea GEPCD 1012 (1995) (with extra bonus-track 11)

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IQ Nomzamo ratings distribution


2.77
(228 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(8%)
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Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(14%)
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Review by Greger
PROG REVIEWER
3 stars IQ's third album presented two major changes: a new vocalist, Paul Menel, and a change of musical direction towards more commercial but still progressive rock. I don't like Paul Menel as much as Peter Nichols and I prefer IQ's more progressive moments. Suddenly the reminiscences to GENESIS had disappeared and they were now reminiscent to YES ca. "90125" (1983) and "Big Generator" (1987). These two changes would, in my book, affect the rating in a negative way but it hasn't. Although the commercial approach of this album it's still high quality music. With tracks such as "Nomzamo", "Human Nature" and the closing "Common Ground" I must admit that it's hard to resist this album. Recommended.

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Posted Saturday, February 21, 2004

Review by Fishy
PROG REVIEWER
3 stars This was their first effort with singer Paul Menel. It must have been a hard job to replace Pete Nicholls. Menel's voice obviously sounds better on the high tones. His singing is quite enjoyable even though it lacks depth in the lower regions. Moreover I always found there's not much of an attitude in his way of singing but that can be a matter of taste. "Nomzamo" was the first album for a major record company and I think you'll easily notice that. The sound production is a smoother than on previous albums. Half of the album is accessible for pop audiences. These poppish songs are a bit unlikely for this band as they are known for dark, emotional, complex epics. This album could be called a mixed bag. Some excellent eighties pop ("no promises" and "still life"), a rock track ("passing strangers") one ballad ("Colourflow") and fortunately some fabulous epics which are reminiscent to previous albums ("Human nature" and "Common ground"). This is the main reason for prog fans for obtaining this album. These long progressive tracks don't hold the depressing feelings of the first two albums even if the lyrical issues are real heavyweights. The title track is the masterpiece here ; "Nomzamo" sounds cold, calculated and complex but after several listens it becomes a the masterpiece that never bores the listener. It starts with reflective keys and vocals on a bed of hypnotic African percussion that stays present during the whole track. Later on the rhythms and moods change drastically and there's some overwhelming musical walls constructed by bombastic keyboard parts and guitar soloing. This is the only occasion on the album on which Menel's voice sound menacing. "Common ground" is a static epic. It starts with gentle classical guitar parts but after a while the sound gets broadened by keyboards, mellotrons, bombastic drums and electric guitar chords. Here the atmosphere of earlier albums gets recaptured. A battle in France during the second world war makes an excellent lyrical theme for this song. There's many different parts and moods to discover in the longest epic of the album "Human nature". This is slightly reminiscent to Yes and Menel's voice serves that purpose perfectly. Again, there's some wise messages in the lyrical themes. This is a typical IQ epic, with the exception of the uplifting mood which shows a different side of the band that was new in 1986. Since then, the band puts that mood in the sound of the albums that appeared during the nineties.

Half of the album is truly wonderful although I miss the mellotron that dominated earlier efforts. Most of the pop tracks are quite enjoyable with the melancholic "no promises" as the highlight. The commercial arrangements are taken a step too far in "screaming" that has links to typical eighties bands like Deacon Blue or Then Jericho. I can imagine the pop elements that are typical mid-eighties may come across outdated listening to the album now. "No love lost" melts the pop and prog into a composition that still is a concert classic nowadays. With its threatening keys and catchy melodies, this is the perfect opener for a pop prog album. At the time, the album came as a surprise for many long time fans but it didn't alienate them. In the post 2000 years the album is an interesting step in their career no IQ fan should miss.

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Posted Friday, April 09, 2004

Review by greenback
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4 stars On this record, there is a new singer named P L Menel: his voice is excellent, even better than Peter Nicholls. The overall sound here is really professionally recorded, for the first time. For the first time too, IQ compose some more pop & accessible tracks; nevertheless, some are still progressive too, like the wonderful "Human Nature". "No Love Lost" is a rather slow catchy & rythmic track. "Promises" is dangerously pop & accessible: I must admit that it is very cute & addictive, with a clean rythmic guitar a la JADIS; Menel sings VERY well on it, quite having highly pitched vocals! The percussive "Nomzamo" is slightly dark. "Still Life" is a beautiful, very floating & sentimental masterpiece, having some excellent fretless bass and romantic saxophone. "Passing Strangers" is a dynamic, rythmic, fresh & catchy track, having an excellent guitar solo. The next track, "Human Nature", is the really progressive & sophisticated one: WOW! This track is definitely a must: VERY rythm changing, catchy & addictive, it is going to make you beat the ground! Everything is excellent on this track! The bass is pretty elaborated and fast, the keyboards are very varied, atmospheric, rythmic and melodic, the guitars are absolutely pleasant and the vocals are delightful: this track is definitely among their best ones! The very pop, dynamic & rythmic "Screaming" will wake you up: just follow the beat, and you will find that it is really well made! The album finishes with a wonderful & poignant track named "Common Ground": excellent fretless bass, insistent & emotional vocals, crystal clean acoustic guitars, unforgettable keyboards parts, it finishes with a poignant & sustained melodic guitar solo: it is the kind of song which must be listened hand in hand, with thousands of candles or Zippos lit!

The main weak point on the album is the repetitive hammer-like drums on some tracks.

Rating: 4.5/5

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Review by richardh
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2 stars A bit of a come down after the classic 'The Wake' partly brought about by the departure of Pete Nicholls (to be replaced by the less 'interesting' P L Menel) plus the signing up to a major record label.Too commercial in style and without the passion of earlier works this came as a big dissapointment to me at the time.However there are some good tracks ,notably 'No Love Lost' and the anti-war song 'Common Ground'.Not a bad album but IQ are well capable of better as they have proved both before and since.

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Review by Seyo
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2 stars For me, it is debatable should the so-called neo-prog be considered "progressive" music at all, but OK - some MARILLION works are indeed very good. What is happening with this IQ album is that they try to imitate the pop/non-prog phase of GENESIS, which they did here quite successful. "No Love Lost", "Promises" (even with terrible vocals), "Nomzamo", "Still Life" and "Passing Strangers" are surely pleasant, listenable pop songs that could hit any popular radio station. Album is closing with a decent, atmospheric anti-war song "Common Ground". However, the problem for me is that "Nomzamo" album is all too decent, predictible, too much Phil Collins-style singing and Hackett-style guitar playing, no innovation, no experimentation, no new ideas, no-prog sound. This is absolutely non- essential album for serious prog fans, and may be interesting for neo-prog experts and lovers of post-"Duke" GENESIS period.

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Review by Gatot
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4 stars "I think maybe we should go on out into the moonlight, out of the spotlight. And examine where we are and where we have been to. Where we're going is down without a happy ending." - IQ "Still Life"

My first collection for this album was in the format of cassette altogether with "The Wake" that represents my first introduction to the band sometime in the mid eighties when Marillion was heating the ground in the progressive arena. In February 1997 when I started my CD collection I upgraded Nomzamo into a CD format with three bonus tracks: "Colourflow", "No Love Lost" (piano/vocal version), "Common Ground" (live). Through this album IQ featured PL Menel as lyricist / vocal and Tim Esau in bass department. As you might have known that these two gentlemen stayed shortly with the band. The other three members were stable, i.e: Martin Orford on keys, Mike Holmes on guitar and Paul Cook (who recently left the band for a change in his life and his family - after IQ's last album, the ground breaking "Dark Matter") on drums.

Highlights of this album are the following songs: (6). "Human Nature", (4) "Still Life", (10) "No Love Lost", (1) "No Love Lost", (2) "Promises (as The Years Go By)", (3) "Nomzamo" and (11) "Common Ground". Nice try. As you've seen, I have identified most songs in this album as highlight. It suffices to say that this is an excellent addition to any prog collection. Yes, it is. Especially if you were there during the time when prog music was dying in the eighties, swept by the new wave and punk rock era. How could I say that this one was not an excellent one? It was very few bands that carried the torch of prog music. I knew only IQ, Marillion, Pallas, Pendragon. With the passage of time, even today, I still consider this album as excellent not only because of historical value but also the fact that the music composition is really good.

"Human Nature" (track 6) starts with wonderful keyboard and bass line followed with excellent voice - all performed in ambience. Drum enter the music and brings the music gradually into more upbeat one with stunning guitar work. In some transition sax fills the sound thinly. The interlude part of this track is really wonderful: started with lyrical part followed with guitar solo for a while and vocal returns back to music. On quieter passages with only guitar and keyboard followed with vocal "They pawned our world of peace ." you will find the early Genesis nuance. It's really great. This is the kind of track that you might expect IQ to perform. Fortunately, the band also performed this track in their live record album even though with different lead singer - Peter Nicholls.

"Still Life" (track 4) is a slow and melodic song with simple, straight-forward structure. One thing that makes this song is completely different with any pop song is that the effects used by keyboards and also the varieties of notes used by the band in this composition. Keyboard and bass guitar play important role in this track as this is a drum- less composition. Sax is also heavily used as fillers as well as solo in the middle of the track. Paul Menel's vocal is nice and powerful - most importantly he sings with his heart through this track. The part that has this lyrical part is killing me: "When we say hello we mean goodbye. Feigning paradise, wanting to cry. Love, all our passion I'm sorry to say. Is part of the game we play .". Oh my God .this is truly nice!

"No Love Lost" (track 10 and 1). Well, I prefer the piano and vocal version that appears as bonus track in this CD, track 10. Composition wise, this is a very strong track performed in a mellow style. The piano work represents the classical influence outfit and it enriches the composition of the song. Vocal is really clear, transparent and powerful. I would say that the quality of voice that Menel has is probably fit in with early Genesis music. Even, he fits with Marillion early albums as well. Actually, Marillion should have hired Menel when Fish left Marillion. Menel is an excellent lyricist as well. So, actually it's a perfect match! Back to this song - yeah, it's a wonderful music with great piano and vocal (track 10).

"Promises" (track 2) is a simple yet interesting song to enjoy. It has an upbeat tempo with happy musical nuance. It's the kind of song that you would like to hear early in the morning as the rhythm section is uplifting. It starts wonderfully with simple keyboard work followed with vocal lines: "Don't make any false promises" . JRENG! Followed with simple drumming that function as beat keeper and brings the music into uplifting mood. Well, you may argue: what? Is this prog music? It surely not at all! I agree. But . my philosophy is simple: music is emotion! And this track has done its job really well in creating ultimate sense of emotion! This track really touches my nerve deeply. I cannot let my mouth shut whenever this track is airing my music room. WOW! Man . it's a great track to enjoy. Even, I always repeat this song with very LOUD volume on power amps - including now when I'm writing this review. Oh my GOD . this is the true joy of writing the music I love ..

"Nomzamo" (track 3) is another great track with tight composition combining the world music style through the sounds of various percussion with symphonic prog music especially when Menel's voice enters the music. You may not believe that IQ performs this kind of music. But it's really good. When the drum enters the music it makes the song full of energy especially when keyboard solo and rhythm enters during lyrical break. Keyboard and drums bring the music into uplifting symphonic prog during interlude with percussion sounds at the background. It's a wonderful track that you should not miss ..

Oh .. my writing is getting longer now - I'd better stop it now. How can I stop reviewing the band that I love? It's tough man. But I have to do it as I know that by this time you must be getting bored reading it. Overall, this is not the band's true masterpiece, but I still recommend you to purchase this CD especially if you love what so called Neo Progressive Rock. It's an excellent addition to your neo prog collection. Keep on proggin' .!!!

Progressively yours,

GW

Notes: This review is dedicated to you, the progarchives readers and die-hard fans of IQ around the globe. In specific, I dedicate this to IQ Fans Club in Indonesia who has persistently and consistently love the music of IQ since the band's inception: Bowo Neo, Oga Zano, Tatan A Taufik, Nirata Samadhi, Imam S, Rachmat Hery, Ricky Yess, I'an Yess, Atang Haido Takarai and many more that I can't list down here.

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Posted Sunday, July 03, 2005

Review by ZowieZiggy
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2 stars Paul Menel was already in charge of the leading vocals on the (studio) live album "Nine In A Pound Is Here". We could notice that his tone of voice, although less poignant was not too far away from Peter's one (Nicholls, I mean). This ensured a smooth transition for their work as far as the voice is concerned. In terms of creativity, I have to admit that the band did not produce their best work under Paul's period.

I ranked their first two studio albums more in the symph prog category, but with this one, neo-prog is definitely more appropriate. "Nomzamo" is far from being original. It seems that IQ has (unfortunately) followed the same evolution than Genesis and Yes in those days. This is easily noticeable on the opening number "No Love Lost" (Genesis, "Invisible Touch"), "Promises"or "Screaming" (Yes "90125", and Asia of course). The latter two ones being really poor with these AOR sounds that I quite dislike. But this was the mood of these days, so maybe they did this only to survive and come up with better ideas later on (which they will do) ?

The title track is more in the prog vein but is totally uninspired and dull. A kind of tribal prog song (a new genre maybe ?). It is a combination of Genesis while they were three (if you see what I mean) with Gabriel on the vocals ! Paul Menel trying desperately to match the master's voice. I'm not totally against bands spinning off the Genesis influence (like the previous IQ albums) but only when the best side of the masters serves as base of inspiration. I really see no need to try an emulate one of the greatest prog band in the history during their crappy (and long) period (1981-1991).

We'll even get some good songs in here : the first one being "Still Life". The quiet mood will be the occasion for Paul to use Fish's so emotional vocal style. The sax will bring a nice touch (although another giant did use this quite extensively, Floyd to name it). Still not very original, but at least a pleasant break.

We are back to the poppish / AORish sound with "Passing Strangers". One of the poorest track ever written by IQ (together with "Screraming" also featured here). But to earn the title of the worst IQ song, it can of course not compete with "Corners" (from "The Wake").

Even if the next track might seem to be an epic (in term of lenght) but has little to do with this definition. Prog-FM. That's it. But above average on this album. As will "Common Ground" but only thanks to a great (but short) guitar break in the last portion of the song which leads to a great finale. So, we got finally three great IQ minutes featured on this album so far. But this track will be the last one of the original album.

We are very fortunate (!) to get three bonus tracks on the remastered version. A stripped of version for "No Love Lost" which is not too bad I must say. I even prefer this duet (piano, vocals) than the traditional version. A good live version for "Common Ground" which was one of the best track of this album. "Colourful" is not worse than the majority of the original album. Actually it is very pleasant. Melancholic like IQ can be. The vocal duet is rather nice. It should have replaced "Passing Strangers" or ""Screraming" easily. At the end of the day, these bonus tracks are very welcome.

I am not sure that the departure of Peter fully explains this downward quality in their work; they would probably have developped the same type of music anyway. But we'll never be able to confirm this. Of course if you are found of AOR / FM music (and there are a lot of fans who appreciate this type of music) you might find it interesting. If you are new to IQ, DO NOT start with this album. It is only dedicated to die-hard fans (at best). I would even say for completionists (as I am). So, the rating is somewhere in the middle (between one and two stars). I will rounded up because I really like IQ, but only for this reason. Two stars.

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Posted Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Review by progrules
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3 stars In one of my earlier IQ reviews I said I'm not an IQ fan (even though I'm a neo fan) and I was talking especially about IQ of the eighties. Because all albums since Ever (1993) appeared not that bad after all. I've even become a bit of a fan of IQ of the nineties. The only eigthies album I reviewed so far was The Wake and I've always considered that a bit of a slow, even dull album and gave it two stars in the end. I was a bit of an outcast with that rating because it's considered one of IQ's best albums ever by many. Anyway, time for the successor of The Wake now, Nomzamo. An album I just recently discovered. I will review it song by song and to be honest I'm curious how it will turn out.

1. No Love Lost sounds like an average IQ track to me, Paul Menel plays a leading part in this song and performs varied singing. Besides this feature there's little spectacle in this song. 2,75*.

2. Promises (as the years go by) is a bit more recognizable/accessible but I can't call this an impressive track either. Paul Menel sounds a bit affected. Not a fan of this one. 2,5*.

3. The title track is characterized by interesting rhythm with nice percussion at the start. Later the instrumental part features a shining Martin Orford though nothing exceptional again. Nice song. 3*.

4. Still Life is a ballad with laid back vocals by Menel doing a good job here. Nice sax as well by Ray Carless. Quite a beautiful song, I like it. 3,5*.

5. Passing strangers sounds just about as cheerful as Promises with same kind of vocals by Menel. The song is slightly better or rather: less annoying with a bit of nice guitar. 2,75*.

6. Human Nature though has the same impact on me as Promises. The song has more substance though which is not strange since it's more than twice as long. It's obvious we're in the eighties when this album was released. Pop music was quite poor in those days and so was prog, relatively spoken. After six songs I have to conclude this IQ comes nowhere near IQ of the nineties. But I expected that. 3*.

7. Screaming is another accessible energetic song but again I'm not impressed. 2,75*.

8. Common Ground proves the band saved best for last. Second ballad and second song above average. But also this one is not exceptional, more good/very good. Last few minutes are the best of the album with finally some impressive Holmes play. 3,5*.

(9). Colourflow is actually a bonustrack so I will not count it the same way. Good song with good vocals by Jules. 3*.

Like the songratings obviously show there's just one rating possible for this album: 3 stars. This album proves less proggy than the predecessor but more energetic and cheerful. Nothing special I'm afraid.

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Posted Saturday, March 21, 2009

Review by maani
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2 stars [N.B. This review is equally applicable to the band's next album, Are You Sitting Comfortably, which I will not review for that reason.]

With the departure of Peter Nicholls, IQ practically dropped all pretense of being prog. Yes, there are some proggish moments in a couple of these compositions, particularly in the instrumental sections. But new vocalist/lyricist Paul Menel apparently had a radical (and largely negative) effect on the band, moving them decidedly toward the commercial side of Genesis, Asia and Yes. Taken in that light, the songs are not that bad, and Menel does have some strengths as both vocalist and lyricist. What is perhaps most sad is that there are some good ideas here, particularly lyrically, but they never reach even a fraction of their potential. Instead, the band seems hellbent on writing a hit song (probably because they were now on a major label), and seems to have consigned its formerly increasingly proggish nature to the past. Oh well. The good news is that we would only have to wait one more album before Nicholls returned, and the band began making up for lost time...

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Posted Friday, April 10, 2009

Review by kenethlevine
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2 stars Some say it's a challenge to review a band perceived as an also ran in one's own humble opinion. I don't agree. Reviewing is easy and can be pleasurable, but it's listening that can be so arduous, especially since I believe in listening until I really "get" it.. Some years back I chanced upon two IQ LPs for a reasonable price in a Montreal used record shop. Since I was aware of their status as neo prog pioneers, I scooped them up and skulked out of the shop convinced I had taken its keepers to the cleaners. Turns out I was the one fleeced.

More than half of this anonymous late 1980s recording sounds just like... well, that. It swells with musical and lyrical cliches absolutely numbing in their transparency, such that it must have sounded equally stilted in its day. For the most part, this is a pop recording along the lines of GENESIS of the period without the hooks and any sort of clarity. It's only advantage is that it generally omits the chest thumping drums which became trademarks for their idols - well, the dreadful "Screaming" notwithstanding. The low point is definitely "Passing Strangers" which, apparently without a trace of irony, counts no less than a half dozen of the most bathetic expressions from the pen of Paul Menel. Actually most of the tracks include at least a few lines that leave me writhing, and you must know I generally suffer this sort of thing quite well. Maybe one problem is that the music doesn't redeem matters. "Human Nature" could have been grand but was flattened by its own lofty goals gone leaden.

Only "Promises" seems to celebrate the pop idiom and how sophisticated instrumentation can highlight a melody rather than drench it, while "Common Ground" is a decent closing ballad with a measured guitar solo to round out the proceedings.

I realize this is probably not one of IQs stronger recordings. These were the 1980s, and the priorities of prog music makers and audiences were sometime at odds. Nonetheless, the near total lack of group identity and intelligence quotient do not speak well for the band. 1.5 stars barely rounded up.

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Posted Sunday, November 21, 2010

Review by apps79
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3 stars Things turned around for IQ after the ''Living proof'' live release.The heavy live schedule and the bad relationship of Pete Nichols with the rest of the band led to his departure.It's hard to believe that they were disagreements regarding the style of the band,as the new Nichols' band ''Niadem's ghost'' was even more poppish than anything IQ ever released.Anyway,he was replaced by the young Paul Menel,who even had an active role,writing lyrics and co-writing music for the upcoming album ''Nomzamo,released in 1987 on Mercury.

The presence of a new vocalist brought many changes on IQ's style.The band would lean towards the commercial and fairly accesible style of Neo Progressive Rock,like presented in the opening ''No love lost''.The symphonic keys of Orford are there,but the overall structure is very simple and catchy,while Menel's voice,despite being sensitive and expressive,lacks the depth and theatricism of Nichols' one.Listening to the first five tracks (with exception of some moments of the self-titled track),you will hardly believe this band created two excellent Symphonic Rock opuses a few years ago.Plastic digital synths,cheesy vocals,a strong amount of pop tunes and cliche song structures.This doesn't mean that the tracks are bad,they are quite good actually,but they are also very far from the band's real abilities of composing grandiose music.Fortunately by ''Human nature'' the old spirit will wake up.Dreamy symphonic keyboard work,spacey soloing by Mike Holmes and certainly Menel's best performance by far.''Screaming'' is really awful,badly played synth Pop-Rock of the lowest quality.With ''Common ground'' the album will close in a sensitive way,a fantastic ballad with sensational vocal lines and the trippy guitar and synths of Holmes and Orford respectively in the background.

The decision of the band to remove from their symphonic past is of course respected,but time would show that it was not the best thing to do,as even their sellings were not that high.Yet,I do not think that ''Nomzamo'' is a black hole in IQ's discography.Their ability to create memorable tunes and the few great signs of their old sound make this album worth owning.Recommended for fans of the accesible face of Neo Prog.

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Posted Monday, August 22, 2011

Review by Easy Livin
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3 stars All good clean fun

Following the release of IQ's second album "The Wake", original lead vocalist Peter Nicholls left to form his own outfit called Niadem's Ghost. He would return to IQ a few years later, but meanwhile in his place came Paul (P. L.) Menel who sings on this, IQ's third album and writes all the lyrics. Whether coincidental or not, "Nomzamo" also signals the beginning of a shift in emphasis for IQ, in much the same way as their mentors Genesis had experienced several years earlier. Admittedly, the music here does not involve a wholesale migration towards disco pop or cod-soul, but there is for the most part a definite change in style here.

Reassuringly, the Genesis style of previous albums is there in the "Squonk"-ish opener "No Love Lost". Indeed and perhaps deliberately, the track shows the migration from Nicholls to Menel to be similar to the Gabriel to Collins change for "A trick of the tail". As with this album as a whole, the style is prog-lite, the music retaining many of the positive tenets such as strong melodies, lush keyboards, and impressive guitar work.

"Promises (As The Years Go By)" takes us towards the sound of Yes, but once again, away from their true prog period. Here we have an "Owner of a lonely heart" like pop rock number with strong harmonies and a toe-tapping beat. OK, not much prog, but it's all good clean fun. The title track is in the style of (Fish) Marillion, and as such is one of the albums most progressive affairs. "Still life" is a fine prog ballad, complete with some impressive sax (Ray Carless) and keyboards. The vocals here actually sound similar to those on IQ's more recent work "Dark Matter".

"Passing strangers" is the most overt attempt at a hit single on the album, with more than a passing hint of Asia. Embarrassingly enjoyable, but hardly memorable. The longest track here is "Human Nature" at around 9½ minutes. While the song does boast slightly more in the way of instrumental development and prog nuances, it remains fundamentally accessible (not a criticism). For my money, "Screaming" is the low point of the entire album. The track is a muddled pop rock affair, sounding much like the mass produced electro-pop of the period. The closing "Common Ground" makes for a fitting elegy, with pleasant "Wish you were here" like synth and a fine vocal performance.

Overall, an enjoyable album from IQ. Those seeking pure prog will hold their hands up in horror at the thought of yet another prog band doing a Genesis, but the fact is that the changes here are far less pronounced, and thus far more natural. Not a perfect album by any means, but worthy of attention.

Of the bonus tracks on the CD, "Colourflow" is interesting as it features a duetting female vocal by Micky Groome. The track is light and wispy, and was probably correctly left of the original album. It is worth a listen though. The other two additional tracks are a pared back rendition of the opening track, and a live one of the closer.

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Posted Thursday, October 06, 2011

Review by Warthur
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1 stars The first IQ album to feature Paul Menel sees the band seriously compromising their music in response to commercial pressures. There's two types of songs on here, neither of which quite measure up to the band's best work.

First off, you have tracks which are actually decently written pop-prog pieces which are unfortunately compromised by some rather dated production values - the drum sound is particularly badly affected by this. I include album opener No Love Lost among these; the band have in fact produced perfectly acceptable live renditions of this song with Peter Nicholls on vocals (and kudos to Peter for being willing to tackle material from the Paul Menel era).

The other type of track - such as Promises or Passing Strangers - are transparent attempts at hit singles, as ugly and unappealing as, say, the material on Twelfth Night's self-titled album, or the tracks on Pallas's The Sentinel which aren't part of the Atlantis Suite. The band's performance on these isn't terrible - to be honest, everyone on the album gives a great effort except Paul Menel, who I feel is a somewhat inferior vocalist to Nicholls - but the songwriting itself is so limp and uninspired that there's only so much they can do to salvage the situation.

On the whole, Nomzamo - like Pallas and Twelfth Night works I cited earlier, and Pendragon's Kowtow album or Red Shoes EP - was part of a lamentable trend in the mid-to-late 1980s for neo-prog bands to compromise their sounds in order to chase after the commercial success Marillion had enjoyed. The wrong-headedness of this effort is all too obvious, since Marillion themselves never subverted their own musical approach to this extent - sure, Kayleigh was a catchy pop single, but it was a more lavish slice of pop-prog than the sort of material Asia or 90125-era Yes were offering up, and it was part of a super-proggy album-length epic for crying out loud! On the whole, Nomzamo can only be written off as a deeply misguided mistake on the part of IQ, and only those who are deeply interested in the band's history should waste time or money on it.

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2 stars So, Peter Nicholls, leaves IQ and in comes Paul Menel. From the opening track, "No Love Lost", not too much difference vocally, but you soon tell a bigger difference with the much more mainstream second track "Promises". Another mainstream, "poppy" sounding, "Passing Strangers" and by this tim ... (read more)

Report this review (#1091908) | Posted by Ozymandias | Wednesday, December 18, 2013 | Review Permanlink

1 stars (3/10) Nomzamo was quite a let down, after then triumph of "The Wake". Peter Nicholls left the band, and was replaced by Paul Menel. Now, Paul Menel was competent, but Peter Nicholls he was not, and IQ lost a lot of their character as a result. I don't think (most of) the blame lies with Menel th ... (read more)

Report this review (#851565) | Posted by ScorchedFirth | Tuesday, November 06, 2012 | Review Permanlink

4 stars I have read many negative review on this 3rd album of IQ, people arguing this is not sufficiently prog-oriented. Even if I should admit this album is more on the POP edge, I disagree with the qualitative evaluation made by some others reviewers. This album is GOOD. Let me explain my point... ... (read more)

Report this review (#262217) | Posted by Subterranean | Saturday, January 23, 2010 | Review Permanlink

5 stars When I take a look at the ratings and reviews for this album and the following one, I perceive the some antagonism that the one which strikes the Marillion's Hogarth era. On one side you have Nomzamo and Are You Sitting Comfortably for IQ and Seasons End and Holidays in Eden for Marillion ; on ... (read more)

Report this review (#84760) | Posted by Bupie | Tuesday, July 25, 2006 | Review Permanlink

4 stars OK.... we've all got our views on the Menel/Nichols vocals debate... as well as whether the Menel albums are just pop diversions from the more serious IQ stuff. Fine... The Seventh House and the really early albums are great while Dark Matter was a little disappointing....... but wow.... when ... (read more)

Report this review (#60241) | Posted by | Tuesday, December 13, 2005 | Review Permanlink

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 ... (read more)

Report this review (#51655) | Posted by DACE | Thursday, October 13, 2005 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Sure I like early IQ (The Wake) and the later stuff with Peter (Ever thru D.M.) but lets not throw the Menel era to the wolves, it was great to have these albums released during a sea of mediocrity in the music world during the 80's. I just dug'em out after 10 yrs., brought back some great memories, ... (read more)

Report this review (#35811) | Posted by gwayman | Wednesday, June 08, 2005 | Review Permanlink

2 stars The first offering by IQ without their bizzare front man Peter Nichols brought something new with new singer Paul Menel. Though a little easier on the ears, Menel doesn't seem to posses Peter's songwriting ability or his flair for the dramatic. The sound quality of the band improved but their t ... (read more)

Report this review (#3669) | Posted by Trafficdogg | Sunday, May 22, 2005 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Okay, this one is not really a must-have and most certainly does not rank among their best. But it really has its moments and as an album it is far better than their next one "Are you sitting comfortably"? It starts off with 'No love lost', a simple straightforward song where Menel's rather hi ... (read more)

Report this review (#3668) | Posted by Theo Verstrael | Monday, May 16, 2005 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Being a Marillion fanatic of the early 80's, I was introduced to Tales From .. and although interesting, I did not think at the time it compared to the stuff being released by Marillion. Then Misplaced Childhood and The Wake came out at almost the same time, and I was in heaven .. two fanta ... (read more)

Report this review (#3665) | Posted by | Sunday, October 03, 2004 | Review Permanlink

1 stars I have bought this record back in 1987 and that was the last record I bought from IQ. What a crap! For a long time I thought that all of their records were crap but it seemed to be not true. Maybe it was bad luck to buy one of the worse cd's of this band. I think this record is very inspireles ... (read more)

Report this review (#3664) | Posted by J@pie Mol | Thursday, July 08, 2004 | Review Permanlink

2 stars well, well, I was afraid of rating this Cd, a big time Prog Collector that enjoys all types of Progressive Music rating a Pop Album???????????but honestly the songs can´t be satanized, most of the songs are FM tunes but at least they are pleasant if someone, like me, can be somtimes open to mo ... (read more)

Report this review (#3663) | Posted by | Tuesday, June 08, 2004 | Review Permanlink

2 stars In my opinion , Nomzamo is a very dissapointing album, especially when compared to IQ's two wonderful first debut albums ie: Tales from the Lush Attic and The Wake. They changed singers and went "PoP" and its "ordinary" 80's pop at best... There is very little prog in this album. Because Songs 3 ... (read more)

Report this review (#3654) | Posted by Aztech | Tuesday, February 24, 2004 | Review Permanlink

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