Monday, 24 February 2020
IQ - Ever (1993)
The fifth album from this British band.
The band was a quintet with a lineup of mellotron, synths, keyboards, flutes, guitars, bass, percussion, drums and vocals.
IQ is one of the legends in the neo-prog scene. They debuted back in 1983 and released the very good The Wake album, their second album, before the rot set in. The next two albums was pretty poor.
The band somehow survived those two albums and continued on.
The band adopted a much more symphonic prog style and added that to their neo-prog. The pop flirting is gone and eradicated on Ever.
This despite of the rather cheeky cover art-work......
The music is all but cheesy, though. Long songs with a lot of very good themes and melodies. It also helps that Peter Nicholls vocals are very good too. The rest of the band does a very good job.
This is very good album indeed and one that flies the flag for the British neo-prog genre.