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Subterranea

IQAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 15, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Inside Out U.S.
  • ASIN: B0007R8FHG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,863 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Overture
2. Provider
3. Subterrenea
4. Sleepless Incidental
5. Failsafe
6. Speak My Name
7. Tunnel Vision
8. Infernal Chorus
9. King Of Fools
10. The Sense In Sanity
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Laid Low
2. Breathtaker
3. Capricorn
4. The Other Side
5. Unsolid Ground
6. Somewhere in Time
7. High Waters
8. The Narrow Margin

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars IQ's Subterrenea is sheer brilliant ! March 19, 2005
By Sympho
Format:Audio CD
Unbelievable that i'm the first to write a review about this brillaint piece of work.

IQ is one of the most underrated bands in the world (Along with Camel)

Symphonic rockband IQ doesn't make many albums, but when they do it's always a good piece of work. And Subterrenea (2 CD concept album) is no exception.

The music is brilliant in it's moods, and Pete Nichols voice is more sensitive and beautiful then ever.

The Ballad Speak My Name is very moving. And the last 20 minute piece The Narrow Margin is a sheer brilliance.

Note that there is NOT ONE weak song on Subterrenea, and that for a double cd..

If you like bands like Genesis, Marillion, Porcupine Tree, then this CD is a MUST!

Give it a listen (or 100) you will LOVE it. ;)
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lesson in Neo Progressive greatness April 16, 2006
By x_bruce
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I don't use "greatness" to describe many bands or albums but IQ, who are still playing music 20+ years from their inception, create a dark and somewhat pessimistic double CD concept album.

The comparisons between IQ and Genesis are to a degree reverential and functional. Lead vocalist, Peter Nicholls sings with great emotion and on this album, sings his heart out. His voice has an occasional 80s style series of inflections that, for me, took a bit of getting used to. It was well worth it, as Nicholls is a showman, wearing makeup and costumes, at least he did in the IQ 20th Anneversery concert. More importantly he fits into character where necessary and has several styles of singing, not unlike Peter Gabriel, although by this point in time, around 2000, any serious attempt to snag PG riffs would be tacky. Instead, it's fairer to say Peter Nichols grew into his vocal style.

The rest of the band, the well traveled John Jowitt and Martin Orford, respectively bass and keyboardist have been part of IQ for most of it's history and have been part of the touring line-up of Jadis along with Jowitt playing a stint in the neo-prog pedigreed The Arena. Both are excellent musicians with Jowitt using the under-utilized string pops on bass. He does so in a way that is not dated like so many other bassists from the late 70s thru early 80s. The drumming of Paul Cook is steady and assured. His sound is tight, with tasteful beats and fills.

Guitarist, Mike Holmes, has made a career of learning every riff Steve Hackett played. To his credit, for the most part, Holmes has taken this style and moved on with it making it something that truly is his, and this man can play some incredible guitar.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great ProgRock February 25, 2006
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As a long time fan of Genesis early years music, it was a total revelation to discover IQ. The Subterranea album is very good, with the best tacks being Subterranea, Capricorn and the Narrow Margin. My favorite is Sleepless Incidental, this is truly a 'classic' prog piece, with lush soundscapes, chord and tempo changes and everything a piece needs to be enjoyable.

Highly recommended.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Darned strong for a double CD "concept" album May 9, 2005
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The first CD of this set is a killer from beginning to end. The 2nd CD peters out a little but not much. I haven't tried to figure out the story; I'm just enjoying the music. Peter Nicholls' voice takes some getting used to, but if you're an IQ listener already, you're familiar with it. The instrumentalists are all first-rate. A guest saxophone player really spices up a couple of the cuts.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Subterranea is Subpar July 29, 2011
Format:Audio CD
I'm glad this was not my first IQ cd I ever heard. The only song I ever listen to on this CD with any "Frequency" is the title track Subterranea, great song with excellent guitar play. The rest sounds like some concept album that never really had any direction or substance. Fortunately my first two IQ cds were "Dark Matter" and "Seventh House". Those are their finest works and I listen to them all the time. Skip this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Took five or six complete listens to digest this one January 16, 2011
Format:Audio CD
I'm glad I waited until after five or six complete listens to write this review. If I'd have written it after listening only two or three times I'd have commented that there's not enough common themes to pull this double CD concept album together. How wrong THAT review would have been!

After a few more spins I was rewarded with a suite of songs easily as good as "Dark Matter" or "Frequency", a pair of extremely strong efforts also by IQ. Some great themes interwoven with care and a deft touch that only become apparent after several listenings.

For some reason -- and it could just be me -- I hear more passages on "Subterranea" that strike me as evocative of past prog giants; early Camel on "The Narrow Margin", the final epic cut -- singularly worth the price of admission. This song also contains a shimmering synth sequence right out of the Larry Fast/Peter Gabriel playbook ("On the Air"). I swear the boys in the band listened to Larry's work on that song and said, "Man! We're doin' THAT!" I don't blame them a bit -- it's magnificent. At other times, there's almost a Pink Floyd "Dark Side of the Moon" vibe when the sax solos crop up from time to time. "The Other Side" sounds like a cut from Tangerine Dream's "Force Majeure".

I do agree with another reviewer who commented that Peter Nicholls' vocals are not as standout as on other IQ albums. He's a talented vocalist, but I found his choruses a little grating on a few songs on the first CD. But I can easily overlook those few isolated moments and unequivocally say that "Subterranea" is among the best neo-prog extended concept albums available on the planet! 100 minutes of stellar material with very, very few weak moments.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Greatest Prog 2LP Albums Ever
There's Genesis' Lamb Lies Down. There's Floyd's The Wall. There's The Who's Tommy. There's Spock's Beard's Snow. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Bagman
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of Both Worlds
This album combines the atmospheric polish of later IQ albums with the urgency and gloom of "The Wake." For anyone not familiar with this band, this is the best place to start. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars good
I think IQ deserves credit for carrying on the kind of songwriting that was mainly dominated in the 80's as far as progressive rock/metal is concerned. Read more
Published on June 27, 2009 by B. E Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Que mas se puede decir
Esta Obra maestra realizaday producida por el legendario grupo ingles IQ solamente puede ser comparada con las grandes obras realizadas por los clasicos como por ejemplo EMERSON... Read more
Published on March 29, 2009 by Jose A. Perez
4.0 out of 5 stars Not my favorite....but it is still very good
I've always been a little hesitant to write a review on this one. Of all the IQ offerings, this one took the longest to get into. Read more
Published on February 6, 2008 by NEOPROG RAN
4.0 out of 5 stars a lot to digest
This sprawling 2 cd set features a lot of complex music , and is a lot to take in at one time. I find that if I listen to just one of the 2 discs at a time , I enjoy it more. Read more
Published on October 9, 2007 by Jim Z
5.0 out of 5 stars IQ - Outstanding Double Concept Album
After recording the outstanding "Ever" in 1993 the band took four years to come up with their next opus. And what an opus it was. Read more
Published on May 29, 2007 by Steven Sly
3.0 out of 5 stars Some good work musically; vocals need support
This is my first IQ experience, and I was really looking forward to it. Too bad. At times brilliant musically, but oftentimes stuck in the same key from one song to the next. Read more
Published on March 22, 2007 by Trouserchili
4.0 out of 5 stars Greatly done
Very interesting album from IQ, greatly done, sounds very good and great performance from the band. There is no weak moment, no filler, only great musical and lyrical melodies,... Read more
Published on January 15, 2007 by Guy Campeau
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