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EVER

IQ

 

Neo-Prog

4.05 | 676 ratings

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5 stars The musicians are very intelligent and very emotional here; they apply those 2 aspects in their songs: the result is a sentimental & complex album that makes you dream awaken!

Out of 6 tracks, 5 are outstanding; the other one, "Out of Nowhere" is very good. This record is one of the best concretization of a modern and original continuation of the GENESIS of the GABRIELl-era. After you've got the post-MARILLION neo prog culture, it becomes clear that the IQ albums of the 90's do not sound like MARILLION! They have their own sound and style. While MARILLION's prog principles and structured songs have brutally switched for a shocking & disappointing style of music, IQ progressed, refined their sound & production, and actually they never gave up, stronger than ever after each album made, especially this one.

This record contains VERY varied & professionally played keyboards parts. Unlike JADIS, Martin Orford does not only accompany the rest of the music; he absolutely produces unforgettable synth patterns, always melodic, magic, pleasant and emotional. The miscellaneous VERY melodic guitar solos and acoustic ones complete very well the sentimental and sophisticated omnipresent mood. Paul Cook's drums are, as always, excellent and varied. An interesting point is the bass: I really LOVE the very refined and subtle fretless parts! They fit so well with the other instruments! The bassist, John Jowitt, also played in JADIS: he is excellent here, never monotonous. Peter Nichols' lead vocals are very good, and the backing vocals are OUTSTANDING on "Came Down". I find the rhythm rather slow on most of the tracks: the musicians take the time to sound good and deliver emotions.

IQ is a band that has always progressed, and it now seems they are at their best!

EXTREMELY RECOMMENDED!

greenback | 5/5 |

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