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1. No Love Lost
2. Promises (as the years go by)
3. Nomzamo
4. Still Life
5. Passing Strangers
6. Human Nature
7. Screaming
8. Common Ground


IQ were on the verge of greatness following the classic albums 'The Wake' and 'Tales From The Lush Attic'. I well remember keenly anticapating this release at the time. Was I dissappointed? A little it has to be said. Although the playing of all 5 band members is up to scratch the songs just seemed bland next to the dark brooding intensity of their earlier work. However years pass and I now think this to be one of IQ's best efforts. The songs far from being bland actually carry tremendous emotional depth. The title track is about apartheid and is beautifully sung. I particularly like the use of rythym and tixture. For me one of IQ's finest. There are other 'goodies' as well. 'No Love Lost' is a soaring 'Pomp Rocker' sounding a bit like Led Zeps' Kashmir'. 'Human Nature' is the longest track at about 10 mins. This is a finely constructed peice that is never over the top featuring a very tight performance from all. There is also my favourite track on the album 'Common Ground' featuring a wonderful guitar solo and emotive lyrics about war and the resultant human wastage. Unfortunately there are some weak tracks 'Promises' sounds like a poor Fleetwood Mac rip-off while 'Screaming'has daft lyrics although livened up by some enthusiastic drumming. 'Still Life' is quite ballady and dreamy sounding but not my cup of tea really. There are some bonus tracks here the best of which is a brilliant acoustic version of 'No Love Lost' featuring just piano and vocals. 'Colourflow' is an excrutiating love duet while there is also a live version of 'Common Ground' which sounds like the studio version but with inferior production values. Overall this album is worth getting for the good tracks although it falls slightly short of future releases 'Ever' and 'Subteranea'

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