IQ Road of Bones Review

    The other day I downloaded and listened to IQ's "The Road of Bones".  While I don't consider myself a huge fan of the band, I do have various releases, "Tales from the Lush Attic", "The Wake", "Are You Sitting Comfortably?", "Ever", "Subterranea", "Dark Matter" and "Frequency".  The thing with this band is that I like various tracks off of these albums.  I love "The Enemy Smacks", "Widows Peak", "Headlong", "Nothing At All", "Overture/Provider/Subterranea", "Red Dust Shadow", "Frequency", and "Ryker Skies". No one album stands out as being a favorite and current one is no exception.
    I have a few difficulties with the new album and their music in general.  First off, many of their songs use the same type of chord structures and sonic textures making many of their songs sound alike.  This is particularly noticeable from Ever through to Bones.  "Knucklehead (at 1:44) sounds really similar to "Capricorn", it's even in the same key.  "Without Walls" (3:33) sounds similar to "Frequency".  I know one could say this about many bands such as one of my favorites Iron Maiden.  How many songs can you have using i VII VI chords over a gallop rhythm?  But if anyone has been following the band in the last 10 years, they'll hear that they've gotten away from that style, mainly due to the larger songwriting contribution of guitarist Adrian Smith and less of bassist and founder Steve Harris.  Unfortunately, to my ears, IQ has not followed that route and have gone the tried and true route.
    The other difficulty I have is that they are the perfect example of newer Prog.  Their song structures, chord progressions, time signatures, textures and production are exactly perfect.  For me this means that they take no chances and play it pretty safe making for a generic sound.

    Over all, Bones is a good album and I'm sure fans of the band will love it, and I do recommend it.  However for me who enjoys a little more variety, and quirkiness to their music, it joins the ranks of the other releases without standing out.

Wilton   

4 comments

  • Glenn Lory

    Glenn Lory Troon, Ayrshire

    What a great review of Iron Maidens song writing prowess....... sorry, of course I mean IQ's album 'The road of Bones'. 'Knucklehead' sounds like 'Capricorn'?? , 'Without Walls' like 'Frequency'?????. Clearly you don't have any grip on reality, or of the complexities of writing outstanding music, as it appears you are trying to put over in your waste of time review.................If anyone is reading this, buy 'The road of Bones', its a jewel of album, as is pretty much every album IQ has released in the past 20 years or so. ''Playing it safe and 'taking no chances' is not something that could ever be levelled at this band, or Iron Maiden for that matter.... !!!!

    What a great review of Iron Maidens song writing prowess....... sorry, of course I mean IQ's album 'The road of Bones'. 'Knucklehead' sounds like 'Capricorn'?? , 'Without Walls' like 'Frequency'?????. Clearly you don't have any grip on reality, or of the complexities of writing outstanding music, as it appears you are trying to put over in your waste of time review.................If anyone is reading this, buy 'The road of Bones', its a jewel of album, as is pretty much every album IQ has released in the past 20 years or so. ''Playing it safe and 'taking no chances' is not something that could ever be levelled at this band, or Iron Maiden for that matter.... !!!!

  • Wilton Said...

    Wilton Said...

    Hey Glen. Sorry to have upset you so much over my OPINION of the IQ Road of Bones release. But if you do listen, you'll hear that there are similarities to the textures in the songs I listed above. If you can't hear that, then perhaps you have lost a grip on reality. I did say at the bottom that it is a good album and that fans will enjoy it and I did recommend it, but I guess you decided to stop reading when my opinion about song textures clashed with your own. Wilton

    Hey Glen. Sorry to have upset you so much over my OPINION of the IQ Road of Bones release. But if you do listen, you'll hear that there are similarities to the textures in the songs I listed above. If you can't hear that, then perhaps you have lost a grip on reality. I did say at the bottom that it is a good album and that fans will enjoy it and I did recommend it, but I guess you decided to stop reading when my opinion about song textures clashed with your own.

    Wilton

  • David Rodrigo

    David Rodrigo Madrid, Spain

    Well...Hi. Sorry, but I couldn't disagree more with this review. You say, and it's true, that this review is your opinion. Ok, but opinions can be WRONG and they MUST be based on some knowledge, in this case, about music. I'm a music journalist for around 15 years now. I also have a degree on music theory and, of corse, can also read music. And I'm also a HUGE fan of Iron Maiden (and I mean really HUGE). And I pretty much agree with your view on Maiden's evolution. But when it comes to this album, sorry, but you make no sense. When you come to say that a band like IQ is "Playing it safe" and "Taking no chances", that "many of their songs sound alike" and that kind of stuff, sorry, but you're just embarrasing yourself. An OPINION, would be to say that this album is just not your cup of tea, but when you come to try to reassert it with "facts" and explanations, you can't keep it subjective, you must be objective, which you clearly are not, wether is intentionally of you simply don't know what you're talking about. Please read. Learn, Listen to music while really trying to understand what's going on. And then, if so, write about it. Or just leave to the pros. But stop posting irrealistic bullshit like this.

    Well...Hi. Sorry, but I couldn't disagree more with this review. You say, and it's true, that this review is your opinion. Ok, but opinions can be WRONG and they MUST be based on some knowledge, in this case, about music. I'm a music journalist for around 15 years now. I also have a degree on music theory and, of corse, can also read music. And I'm also a HUGE fan of Iron Maiden (and I mean really HUGE). And I pretty much agree with your view on Maiden's evolution. But when it comes to this album, sorry, but you make no sense.

    When you come to say that a band like IQ is "Playing it safe" and "Taking no chances", that "many of their songs sound alike" and that kind of stuff, sorry, but you're just embarrasing yourself. An OPINION, would be to say that this album is just not your cup of tea, but when you come to try to reassert it with "facts" and explanations, you can't keep it subjective, you must be objective, which you clearly are not, wether is intentionally of you simply don't know what you're talking about.

    Please read. Learn, Listen to music while really trying to understand what's going on. And then, if so, write about it. Or just leave to the pros. But stop posting irrealistic bullshit like this.

  • Wilton Said...

    Wilton Said...

    Hey David. Judging from what I hear of the new album, my opinion is that IQ have been playing it safe. What "playing it safe" means depends the reference of the person. For me it means using chord structures and melodies that are consonant. It means that even though there are odd time signatures, they are played in an obvious way. For IQ this usually means that the whole band is accenting the the same rhythms as opposed using multi rhythms. I too have a music degree, and I'm a musician. I also listen to a variety of pop styles including jazz. So for me my opinion is valid.

    Hey David. Judging from what I hear of the new album, my opinion is that IQ have been playing it safe. What "playing it safe" means depends the reference of the person. For me it means using chord structures and melodies that are consonant. It means that even though there are odd time signatures, they are played in an obvious way. For IQ this usually means that the whole band is accenting the the same rhythms as opposed using multi rhythms.

    I too have a music degree, and I'm a musician. I also listen to a variety of pop styles including jazz. So for me my opinion is valid.

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