With a career that spans nearly 25 years, IQ remain one of the biggest names in the world of Progressive Rock. Getting their start in Southhampton, England back in 1981, IQ was often compared to two other great Prog bands from the UK: Marillion and Genesis. For years the band struggled to create their own identity and they did so by outlasting the glory days of Fish’s Marillion and Gabriel’s Genesis. Here again is IQ with their classic line-up of Peter Nicholls, Martin Orford, Mike Holmes, John Jowitt and Paul Cook.
The Seventh House begins melodically, lulling the listener into a dreamlike state before the notes are transformed into pumping progressive rock rhythms with strange, grumbling bass lines. IQ are masters of the soft tones, conveying their content differently than their heavier colleagues but always carefully crafted, progressively arranged and with equal intensity.
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I'm amazed to see that only three fans roused themselves to review IQ's "Seventh House," and two reviews were lackluster. Given this outrageously poor showing I must leap to the defense of what in my opinion is one of the BEST all-round progressive rock bands (and albums) EVER.
IQ had been together and mostly intact personnel wise for maybe 20 years by the time they issued "Seventh House," so we are not dealing with flash-in-the pan amateurs here. To my ears this album is a pinnacle for them in a LONG career with some extraordinary highlights. It all comes together here--intelligent, meaningful lyrics with substantial depth and the STELLAR musicianship & songwriting these guys have long distinguished themselves by.
Every track has something rewarding to offer, but I'll confine my praise to the twin "tent-pole" tracks of this set, the titular track 3, "The Seventh House" and the sledgehammer closer, "Guiding Light." Both are in the grand tradition of...
Remember Wind and Wuthering and Trick of the Tail? All you Genesis fans that miss the old days of Peter Gabriel singing, and Steve Hackett playing guitars welcome! You have found your home.
This CD, Seventh House, rivals the two mentioned Genesis albums and has been followed up by a very strong new album Dark Matter. This group is right where Genesis was at the end of the 70's. I don't think they will go over the edge like their heroes. They are alive and well and hitting on all cylinders. Don't miss this moment in time! It may not come again.
If you miss hearing Peter Gabriel's vocals and Steve Hackett's guitars, you will be right at home with IQ. In fact their lead singer's name is Peter, and he looks and sings allot like a young Peter Gabriel.
The Seventh House begins with an engaging synthesizer charged opening number which is reminiscent of "Cinema Show". But from there the comparison ends. This band launches into a drum and guitar romp soon...
First off, I can't believe that this CD has not been reviewed on this site yet, but it apparantely goes along with the fact that 1997's "Subterranea", and 2004's "Dark Matter" seem to get all the attention and praise from both critics and fans. Both of those are equally great efforts-but why this one seems to be lost in the middle, and labeled "not true to form" or up to their usual "high standards" is an amazement to me! This was the first IQ CD I bought, after hearing so much about them, and even though it might have taken a few more listens than the(other two forementioned)to win me over-it is possibly the most consistently satisfying to me now. For those of you that know nothing of this group-they are a five piece prog-rock band from England that have been around over 20 years with virtually the same line-up:Paul Cook-drums(who just left the group after 23 years),Michael Holmes-guitars,production;John Jovitt-bass,bgv's;Peter Nichols-Lead Vocals;and Martin...
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