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Ever [2 LPs] [VINYL]

IQ Vinyl
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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  • Vinyl (24 Feb 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: GiantElectricPea
  • ASIN: B00H5SUER4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,542 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. The Darkest House
2. Fading Senses: After All/Fading Senses
3. Out of Nowhere
Disc: 2
1. Further Away
2. Leap of Faith
3. Came Down

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
'Ever' is definitely a stepping stone on the way to 'Subterranea'. Six tracks, the best (arguably) being 'The Darkest Hour' and 'Further Away' - 10 & 12 mins respectively.
Plenty of beautiful riffs connecting the lyrics as ever, this album has Peter Nicholls returning to vocals, his last album being 'The Wake'. The style is certainly clser to that than the previous 2 albums, 'Nomzamo' and 'Are You Sitting Comfortably'.
If you like 'Subterranea' or 'The Wake' then get this!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Outstanding 29 Mar 2007
Format:Audio CD
1993's blistering return to form finds IQ rediscovering the mojo they displaced after 1985's dark, stark, startlingly brilliant `The Wake', a fact not entirely unconnected to vocalist Peter Nicholls' return to the band. But there is more to it than this. It sounds like the whole band has taken stock after a couple of below-par albums, stopped trying to be something they are not, and asserted the collective personality, sound and approach that has served them well right up to this day.

The medium length songs - Darkest Hour, Further Away - are the perfect synthesis of the shorter tracks on The Wake and the longer ones on Tales From the Lush Attic, giving the band the space to really explore an idea, and tell a story. Which is not to say the shorter tracks are any less interesting (Fading Senses is particularly moving).

The drama and intensity of The Wake are still present, but there is also a maturity, which, coupled with the intricacy of the arrangements, leads to an emotive power and soaring beauty which is (to me, at least) unmatched by anyone else in the prog canon of the last fifteen years (a few moments in Hogarth-era Marillion notwithstanding). Ever is still for me, by a whisker, the best of the post '93 albums, possibly because of its historical significance and the step-change it embodies. Nevertheless The Seventh House and Dark Matter give it a damn good run for its money.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A step up - it all starts here! 23 Mar 2008
Format:Audio CD
My first encounter with IQ was a 1 star review in Q Magazine for their album 'Nomzamo'. Being a prog-head and recognising that the music press had long had it in for this much maligned genre since the Pistols first spat on the scene, I ignored the review and bought 'Nomzamo'. In hindsight, not their finest hour but enough of an introduction to whet my appetite for more. I bought their entire back catalogue as a result.

And so to 'Ever'. The reason for the potted history above is that 'Ever' marked a return to IQ for vocalist Pete Nicholls (absent on 'Nomzamo' and the vastly underated 'Are You Sitting Comfortably') and in my opinion, 'Ever' was by far the most polished output from IQ led by Nicholls at that time. The sound was sharper, vocals were crisper and musicianship was tighter. Don't get me wrong, the earlier albums appeal and have a wonderfully naive, raw edge to them. But for me, this album was a step up in class and elevated IQ to prog's big league.

And the album, gets better as it progresses - 'Further Away' is a near 15 minute epic, 'Leap of Faith' mimics Genesis' 'Cinema Show', which segues into the (lighters at the ready) symphonic ballad 'Came Down'. From here, IQ went from strength to strength. If you're a fan of classic rock music and new to IQ, this would be a useful starting point.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another honest offering from an underated band! 23 Feb 2012
By Briser
Format:MP3 Download|Verified Purchase
Love IQ and have read many reviews of their CD's before buying - eveyone seems to categorise an IQ CD by how it doesn't quite match up to Dark Matter etc but despite that, in my opinion this CD has no bad tracks on it.
There are one or two stand-outs but on the whole, I am very happy I added this one to my collection.
IQ are a brilliant band and are often labelled one of the UK's best kept Prog secrets.
If you like IQ and dont have this one, what are you waiting for? I would doubt it will disappoint.
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