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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 fantastic albums within a week of each other.

This album Nomzamo, was the album that finally turned my head away from Marillion, towards IQ as my favourite prog band of the 80's.

I've read all the criticism .. too commercial, not as complex, Paul Menel is not Peter Nicholls, etc.

For me, Paul Menel sparked a new life into the band that had been missing with Peter. And his vocals are much more suited to a more commercial sound. It is possibly their 2nd most commercial release (their next album being even more so), but .. so what?

There are couple of songs, no love lost for example, that could have been great hits for a more commercial band. There are some great examples of PMs voacal range, which I'm sure PN could not reproduce.

As for Human Nature - my favourite song .. possibly ever (no pun intended).

If this album had been released by a commercially recording artist, say Meatloaf, it would have been hailed as another Bat Out Of hell.

Don't get me wrong, I like PN and the current direction that IQ are going, but don't knock this album. It is a welcome interruption to the progression of one of the best prog bands.


P.S. Did I mention - my favourite album, of ALL time, and I've listened to a lot.

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