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A step up - it all starts here!,
This review is from: Ever (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.