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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 progressive rock, big, long 10 minute plus statement tracks that once again re-establish IQ's bonafides as a creative force EASILY in the same rank as their big-time predecessors, Genesis, ELP, Pink Floyd, etc. Had IQ been recording during prog's brief commercial heyday, I have no doubt they would have vaulted to the same prominence as these heavyweights. Given IQ's limited commercial success, I think it's safe to conclude that only their passion for what they're doing keeps them in the game up to now.
-And lucky for us that they feel that way, because "The Seventh House" and "Guiding Light" are no less than masterpieces to my ears, Major Statement tracks that many bands can NEVER equal, but are tossed off with almost casual ease by a group of pros at the absolute top of their game.Read more ›
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 followed by the vocals of Peter Nichols. You immediately recognize the past but also begin to know that you have found something quite new. This band is tighter and performing in a way that even the masters would be hard pressed to duplicate.
"The Seventh House" is going to be on your new list of favorite songs. If you are not a band fan member by the album title song, then "Guiding Light" will make certain you are a fan. But "Zero Hour" and "Shooting Angels" are no fillers. They stand up on their own.
This is not some new group trying to find their way through old Genesis rifts. It is a band that has its own identity and power. Guitars are matched with drums in a way that must make Hackett and Collins wish they had found it first.Read more ›
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These guys are the best progressive band in existence. Every song on this is awesome. Another EXCELLENT CD by IQ.Published 6 months ago by jkf
Nice album. This is my second CD from IQ, after playing their previous album "Ever" many times last year. Similar music. Same ingredients. A littler softer than Ever. Read morePublished 11 months ago by RD
Song 6 sounds like Final Fantasy X in the beginning and end. It's seriously emotional and compelling. A great song discovery. The lyrics are amazing. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Kevin Finn
Never heard of this band until last year. That's what comes of living on the edge of the known universe.
Gave up with Genesis after TOTT and W&W. Read more
Spirited instrumental stretches cannot completely alleviate typical neo-prog-rock bloat.Published on April 7, 2010 by IRate
If you like progressive rock, long songs, great drumming, keyboards, sweet melodies..... on and on. Buy it!Published on June 22, 2009 by StevieE
As a long time Marilion fan, I had heard of IQ in the past. My first exposure to IQ was listening to them on Pandora[...] radio, and it was indeed "The Seventh House" CD. Read morePublished on February 3, 2009 by Peter A. Flood