IQ is the best-known neo Progressive group after MARILLION and PENDRAGON. Its music is cerebral, yet not off-putting to those of us with average intelligence. Originally influenced by GENESIS, IQ proceeded to detach itself from this influence and create their own musical style, a style which is marked by organ melodies and beautifully constructed songs and themes. Often based on contrasts and sudden changes of rhythm or ambience, their works also feature flowing guitar interludes and the expressive singing of Peter NICHOLLS or, on the more commercial albums, Paul MENEL. "Tales from the Lush Attic" and "The Wake" are their two classics, while the others present unreleased titles from different eras, recorded in concert or in the studio. "J'Ai Polette D'Arnu" contains several B-sides of singles. "Living Proof" is an excellent official live album. "Live Forever" is a luxurious box set including a live CD, the video from the same concert and a splendid booklet. A collector's item! "Subterranea", their last double CD, offers the same expressive music, full of emotion and tension, that IQ was known for during their best period. It features the famous organ and guitar developments that counterpoint the vocals...The following year, they released "Seven Stories into Ninety-Eight", a reissue of the very first cassette recorded by the group in 1982, which had since become a much-sought-after rarity, and was now transferred with all the quality of the original album. Nevertheless, the perfectionists that are Martin ORFORD and his henchmen couldn't accept any trace of amateurism, so they also entirely re-recorded "Seven Stories into Eight" and released it as a second album to go with the previous one. "The Lost Attic" is a collection of rarities, re-recorded tracks and pieces left off of "Subterranea", spanning the years 1983 to 1999.