Frequency, is it any good? IQ have undergone some major changes with both a new drummer and keyboardist since their last CD Dark Matter. Would Martin Offord's departure and song writing skills adversely affect the majestic IQ sound? Not at all. In fact, this is another five star outing from the band. There is a much more melodic warm feel to this CD; reminiscent of EVER with plenty of acoustic guitar and atmospheric keyboards. Nichols' sounds fantastic with his more soulful quieter singing suiting the new material perfectly. The vocal harmonies are their best yet, particularly so on the very commercial track "One Fatal Mistake". The rhythm section, as always, is simply awesome. The keyboard playing restrained, allowing the gentler material to breath. A slight criticism would be that at times on some tracks, particularly "Ryker Skies" which would have fitted perfectly on Dark Matter, it sounds like IQ have borrowed from their back catalogue. This is probably inevitable when you consider they have been around for a long time.
Standout tracks are "Frequency", and the beautiful ethereal "Stronger Than Friction". The final track, "Closer" is quite a unique IQ song and a real slow burner which after repeated playing has become another standout.