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I criticize because I love! IQ is one of my faves. I think they could make a few changes and be truly one of the all time great prog acts.
A brief note for the uninitiated; IQ are a progressive rock band in the traditional 1970's style sense of the word. They've been around since the early 80's, and were part of a whole class of British prog bands known as the NWOBPR, or, New Wave Of British Progressive Rock. The most well-known of these bands is Marillion. But while the Marillion of today bear little resemblance to their early 80's selves (for better or worse, I'm not judging), IQ, along with Pendragon (another great band of the period that's still going strong), never lost sight of their traditional prog roots. Some albums are better than others, but they've generally been consistently good. FREQUENCY is their first album since losing founding members Martin Orford (keyboards) and Paul Cook (drums), and there was no way to predict how devastating those losses would be.
A relief, then, that the answer is not at all. In fact, this is the best IQ album since 1997's SUBTERRANEA (their masterpiece, in my opinion). Right from the opening notes of the title track, this is progressive rock at it's finest. And when the amazing voice of Peter Nichols comes in with a sublime melody, the reason IQ are still so great becomes clear: it's the songwriting. They're not musos showing off or trying to be clever, like so much prog rock is. Everything they do, every note they play, is in service to THE SONG. It's no coincidence that the NWOBPR bands that have survived have been the ones who put songwriting ahead of instrumental prowess.
Second track, "Life Support", starts off with a bit of beautiful piano/vocal balladeering before transitioning into a spooky guitar/synth duet backed by a super tight rhythm section.Read more ›
IQ can really construct those long, multiple change-ups songs well. I really think they have surpassed 70's Genesis in that regard (and that is saying a lot as I am a major Steve Hackett fan). But, they've take that style of 70's Prog into the future and evolved it. I am hearing things that are really unique and original (and I've been involved in music for over 50 years and am a guitarist myself). Mike Holmes really rips on guitar. He has a totally unique sound and creates original structures. I really love synthesizer sounds and IQ includes a multitude of extremely interesting sounds, motifs, stabs, etc. to their songs. Of course, the lyrics and vocal presentation are outstanding. Not to forget bass & drums, as they are essential to the sound and both are executed with great precision.
I am sure I will be listening to Frequency for the rest of the time " that I'm allowed".
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another EXCELLENT CD by IQ! Every song on this is great. These guys rule!Published 13 months ago by jkf
I caught these guys LIVE at the Cabaret in San Jose CA. MANY Moons ago. Great show!
It was the "EVER" tour. Read more
This is a really good effort. The music is, mostly, well written and melodic. The vocalist has an interesting voice and knows how to sing, which is fairly rare in prog rock. Read morePublished on February 18, 2014 by Amazon Customer
Extraordinary band, very powerful music and good lyrics.
Always here it in my living. The package is simple but the music is important. Read more
This album is merely okay. Martin's songwriting and well thought out keyboard work is sorely missed. The new play is technically proficient, but something is missing!Published on April 18, 2013 by Kevin
I agree with most of the reviews here. I definitely think this is IQ's best which says a lot because all their other releases are excellent too. Read morePublished on June 12, 2011 by O-E-EGG
IQ's latest effort sees the band going through some significant personnel changes, most significantly the departure of founding member and keyboard player Martin Orford. Read morePublished on June 7, 2010 by Steven Sly
I started listening to IQ with this album and it is by far their best. I can't put this album down I can listen to it over and over. A most have album for Prog lovers out there.Published on April 5, 2010 by Paul J. Hewes II