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Clockwork Angels Mark Eglinton , August 3rd, 2012 08:51

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Rush have always been that band that their millions of fans remain maniacally loyal to while non–believers (Rush is a form of religion) seem oblivious – disdainful even, to a phenomenon that they just do not understand. Consistent with being highly intelligent men who simply refuse to do anything other than on their own terms, Rush have explored all kinds of sounds and styles in their career now spanning almost four decades but regardless of whether they dabbled in great synthesizers washes, reggae beats, new wave or math rock to name just a few detours, they’ve always somehow managed to sound like only they can.

Few would argue that recent appreciation of their significance – beyond that of their existing fans at least – was certainly aided by the refreshingly open and self–effacing documentary Beyond The Lighted Stage and with that there’s a suggestion that the penny is finally dropping with the wider music audience, many of whom are perhaps grudgingly acknowledging that Rush are indeed the geniuses that the devotees have always known them to be. So, with the release of their first new record since this dawning of public awareness, has the band responded favorably to the long overdue vote of confidence? Of course they have…

Landing squarely in the band’s favored compositional wheelhouse: the cerebral concept record, Clockwork Angels – Rush’s twentieth full length studio album – fuses typically complex arrangements with philosophical – vulnerable almost, Neil Peart lyrical themes. But with a more aggressive sounding hard rock production muscle that was curiously absent on both 2007’s Snakes & Arrows and its predecessor Vapor Trails, Clockwork Angels scores heavily on power while sacrificing nothing in the way of melody or hooks. It’s lengthy too – clocking in at an imposing sixty six minutes with the majority of tracks extending beyond the five minute mark – plenty of time for the narrative to reveal itself therefore.

So while the album’s concept is strong and – for those well versed with the band’s epically conceptual 2112 released 36 years previously, a familiar one: a young man’s struggle to pursue his dreams in a complex and dystopian future world overseen by – on this occasion – a watchmaker. Where 2112 was very youthfully direct in its communication, there’s a noticeable softening in the manner in which the lyrical messages are communicated now, almost as if time has afforded Peart newfound clarity and inner contentedness. “All I know is that sometimes you have to be wary, of a miracle too good to be true/ All I know is that sometimes the truth is contrary” Geddy Lee warns in the gorgeously arranged ‘The Wreckers’ – all lush strings and a perfect wall of Alex Lifeson’s always song–serving guitar gloss.

Elsewhere the title track is urgent and delicate in equal measure – a multi–part epic in itself, whereas the seven minute long ‘Headlong Flight’ is perhaps the most obvious nod to the Rush of three decades previously as Lee repeatedly pleads, “I wish that I could live it all again” while his dexterous bass lines pump the song relentlessly forward. It all holds together perfectly conceptually as you’d expect, but given that both the album opening duo of ‘Caravan’ and ‘BU2B’ were made available to radio stations in 2010, it’s important to say that every track stands up individually also – often the failing of albums based around a theme.

As the concept winds down ,‘The Garden’ closes the record with startling poignancy while referencing a metaphorical garden home to the acts and attitudes of any person’s life – a place that we all must eventually tend and Peart digs unusually deeply into his psyche, exposing the suggestion that “the measure of a life is a measure of love and respect/ So hard to earn, so easily burned.”

Simply put Clockwork Angels is an extremely accomplished piece of music composed and performed absolutely flawlessly by three undeniably mature and worldly human beings. Comparisons – other than in terms of conceptuality – with previous incarnations of the band’s sound are neither relevant or something that they’d want us to look for. This is Rush of 2012, with the benefit of the kind perspective and wisdom that only their kind of awesome longevity can afford and whether you’re a die –hard or a recent convert, you should embrace this wholeheartedly and hold on awful tight.

scott
Aug 3, 2012 1:48pm

Amen. Also, it gets better with repeated listens. I'm at the obsessive listening stage now.

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Alex
Aug 4, 2012 11:08pm

Greatest band of all time, Rush

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Dugg
Aug 5, 2012 10:07am

Is it April 1st? Is this review a p*ss-take? Rush are prog rock rubbish with a singer who sounds like someone's backed over a feral cat. Next up, the incredible musical genius of Nickelback...

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J
Aug 6, 2012 1:29pm

In reply to Dugg:

"non–believers seem oblivious – disdainful even, to a phenomenon that they just do not understand"

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George
Aug 6, 2012 10:13pm

In reply to Dugg:

Dugg, you seem to be the creative open minded type of reviewer. Hitlerian even.

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CT
Aug 6, 2012 10:32pm

As a latecomer to Rush, I can attest to the "before and after" nature of discovering just how good and uncompromising this band really is.

I know of no other band that I have ever had such a complete 180 degree viewpoint reversal about. I discovered them through musician friends who insisted that I give them a chance without preconceived bias. The review of Clockwork Angels is dead on the money. And fortunately ad hominem attacks from people like Dugg (in the comments) are pretty rare nowadays.

As Trent Reznor says about them: among professional musicians the language of the best players is Rush.

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Mary
Aug 7, 2012 3:56am

Excellent review. The album has been universally praised so I'm curious as to just how Dugg (commenter above) would know about the band or the album? Geddy Lee, for example, has been singing in a lower register for about 30 years. Also, you might consider moving beyond Pete Seeger and the Mama's and the Papa's.

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Aug 7, 2012 5:44am

In reply to Dugg:

your a fucking moron

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RicK
Aug 7, 2012 3:30pm

In reply to Dugg:

You should know better than to bash Rush without knowing what you're talking about...

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Aug 7, 2012 3:32pm

Great Rush album (they've made a few) and I haven't seen it put better in terms of its tone than in this thoughtful review.

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Aug 7, 2012 4:52pm

In reply to Dugg:

Thanks for your opinion, Dugg. Unlike you, obviously, I've had snippets of this album in my brain since hearing it for the first time, which is at least 2 dozen times ago. Thankfully for you, Neil wrote about people like you in the second-to-last track, so on behalf of Rush fans everywhere, I wish you well.
Piss off now, please.

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David Mack
Aug 7, 2012 5:02pm

Pretty good review; I agree with most of its observations about the band's maturing style, and with the futility of comparing it too closely to the band's previous work.

My one nitpick is that I wouldn't compare "Clockwork Angels" to "2112" but to side one of "Caress of Steel," which tells almost exactly the same narrative, and employs many of the same visuals and motifs. If you're curious to know more, check out the analysis on my blog --

http://www.davidmack.pro/blog/?p=4237

...or just Google "Clockwork Angels" and "The Fountain of Lamneth."

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Aug 7, 2012 5:14pm

In reply to Mary:

Hes joking

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Aug 7, 2012 5:15pm

In reply to Dugg:

Ha ha dugg, you funny ;D

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Aaron
Aug 7, 2012 5:23pm

In reply to Dugg:

Somebody woke up in a trolling mood today...well played.

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Cal
Aug 7, 2012 7:05pm

I got my first RUSH album ("All the World's a Stage") by mistake: it was the "record of the month" and I did not return the selection card in time! What a lucky break, because since hearing that I've been hooked. The thing that I find is that the more I listen to their albums, the more I like them and that is the same with Clockwork Angels. Every listen reveals something new.
There are a few old riffs from early songs hidden here and there and this album brings to mind the power of 2112 era but with a more refined rawness!
My only complaint is the mixing: as with their last few albums the sound seems muddy, lacking the clarity of say, Moving Pictures, which is crisp and defined along with their earlier releases.
I feel privileged to have discovered them back in '76 and had their influences all my life.

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Damon Murphy
Aug 7, 2012 7:06pm

I had listened to Caravan, BU2B, and also Headlong Flight before I downloaded the entire album. All great songs, but nothing that completely spun me around at the time. Then, in an airport waiting for a flight I downloaded the entire album. Once on the plane, I tuned in and listened to the entire composition. I must tell you, it brought me to tears - embarrassingly brought me to tears sitting in the middle seat between two strangers. My God what a masterpiece! The furious, yet completely comprehend-able wall of sound, the storyline, and the individual lyrics. All pitch perfect. The author above nailed the top lyrics - The measure of a life is so hard to earn, so easily burned. Beware of miracles to good to be true, and I fell in love with an angel with wings on her heels - all powerful life lessons. - The messages in the album hit you like a ton of bricks, like that one time in Church when you actually listened to the preacher! Great stuff guys. Great stuff to not only listen to, but to learn and teach from and live your life accordingly. Thank you Rush for this wonderful album!

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Mark Eglinton
Aug 7, 2012 7:16pm

In reply to Cal:

I disagree with your criticism of the mix. CA is a radical improvement over the three previous records - particularly Snakes & Arrows, which really suffered from mix issues, in my opinion. Can't find any fault here though and could never call it muddy...

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Ted
Aug 7, 2012 8:30pm

In reply to Damon Murphy:

Perfect. Art is emotion. I cried as well the first time I listened to the entire record. I will defer the rest of my review to Damon.

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Mike Yanick NJ
Aug 7, 2012 8:39pm

Bought the cd and listened often. Great job all around. Nice to hear Alex back to his old roots and earlier styles. Geddy-the same. Neil....no words can explain! Nice job guys! Been a fan since `74

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Jake
Aug 7, 2012 9:01pm

In reply to :

Thank the stars you're not that way. Turn your back and walk away.

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jez
Aug 7, 2012 9:17pm

In reply to Damon Murphy:

Omg damon i'm not the only one then. Listened to the album in bits to begin with, too impatient to wait. Then allowed myself a timeout to give it a full play and I was in tears by the end. This is Rush, but grown up. There's the technical brilliance, the clever arrangements, and the simple yet sharp soul-searching lyricism that sets Peart above his peers. From 'Caravan' assualting the ears and stirring the blood it's a 66 minute ride through to the simple but stunning 'the garden'. I cannot stop playing it \o/\o/\o/

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dfnm
Aug 7, 2012 9:30pm

In reply to Dugg:

Dugg........"non–believers seem oblivious – disdainful even, to a phenomenon that they just do not understand" YOU do not understand, so best to keep your tiny brain thoughts to yourself.

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Phil Nielson
Aug 7, 2012 9:53pm

Simply the best album since MOVING PICTURES, and have listened to it just about everyday since receiving it for fathers day.

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Goober
Aug 7, 2012 11:01pm

In reply to Dugg:

Dugg, have you even listened to Clockwork Angels, or is your comment meant as it reads, a general derogatory comment about a band that you probably have heard a couple of songs by many years ago? I would comment on your comparison to them being on the same level as Nickelback, but I haven't actually heard Nickelback, so I feel unqualified to comment about them. It's a shame you didn't disqualify yourself to put down an album you've never heard. Please correct me if I'm mistaken.

Oh, and btw, EXCELLENT well-written and well thought-out review. This album is an amazing accomplishment coming 38 years after their debut. Their best album in a very, very long time, and a borderline masterpiece.

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Jack
Aug 7, 2012 11:11pm

I must admit I'm certainly biased in my opinion of this band, my favorite since the early 80's. But like others have posted by the time I listened all the way through to The Garden I was sniffling and holding back tears. Not just because of the lyrical content of the song but because this band, more then any other I've followed, seems connected to me, or I should say the way I view life. They seem like distant friends I've known for decades but never actually met. Clockwork Angels, if it was to be the last, couldn't have been put together any better. I admire these guys for how "uncool" they've always been. And I'm proud to ring them to the attention of my 8 yr old daughter and 6 yr old son. Geddy, Alex and Neil.....keep up the great work.

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George
Aug 7, 2012 11:44pm

As much as I want Rush to continue putting out more albums into their sixties,it's going to be difficult for them to deliver a better product than this album. Anything that comes after this masterpiece is bound to disappoint.

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Letdown
Aug 7, 2012 11:47pm

I've been listening to Clockwork Angels for a few days now and so far it's a major disappointment--generic, loud and lacking in interesting musical ideas. Similar to Snakes and Arrows but not as good (and I thought Snakes and Arrows was a relatively weak effort anyway). Getting rid of Nick Raskulinecz might help, but beyond that Alex and Geddy just need to get back to writing strong melodies.

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Mike
Aug 7, 2012 11:48pm

In reply to Jack:

The author of this review has touched on something very raw - something at the core of what Rush is all about and you get it too. We ALL identify with the band and their lyrics (except Dugg of course) because they talk in a language that they want those who are receptive to them, to understand. What the author also hints at here - and this put a lump in my throat -is the sense that the band profoundly understand the concept of time, mortality and how that makes them ( and by extension us) feel. Without getting too deep and emotional, this review is incredibly tuned to where Rush are right now - as musicians and people. Brilliant and desperately poignant at the same time.

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S-Mann
Aug 8, 2012 12:52am

In reply to Damon Murphy:

Buddy, I'm a cryer too. I almost break down on my way to work or whenever I even think of their lyrics...........:)

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Mike
Aug 8, 2012 1:30am

This is a great album for Alex Lifeson solos with Headlong Flight and The Garden being the highest points. I have to say this is the first album in a very long time where the solos have really caught my ear.

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The Anti Beast
Aug 8, 2012 2:39am

In reply to Dugg:

So i assume Duggy you like Kings of Leon and Mumford and Sons???

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W
Aug 8, 2012 3:43am

In reply to Dugg:

You sound stupid.
Sorry you don't have the capacity to appreciate the exceptional...

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Chris X
Aug 8, 2012 4:35am

Dugg...has left the building.

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Aug 8, 2012 4:41am

In reply to Dugg:

What are you a mindles douche?Give me a break.You have zero musical knowledge.What's your favorite band,Flock of Seagulls?

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Harry
Aug 8, 2012 4:50am

Rush just rocks like no other band.

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Lonnie
Aug 8, 2012 1:00pm

In reply to Jake:

I have loved Rush ever since I saw them live at Alpine Valley in Wis. for the 2112 tour. Greatest band ever. And I know LOTS of music!!!! They are by far the greatest musicians of my lifetime. This album is so good. I dont know how they made this maybe their greatest album in their 40 year career. But they pulled it off!! If i had 1 complaint it would be that Geddy doesn't scream like he once did. Cuz that always gave me chills. But still this album just kicks my ass and after making so many classic albums it's hard to believe that this could really be their best!!! If they retire after this tour, they are really going out on top!

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Zach
Aug 8, 2012 3:22pm

In reply to Dugg:

I am tired of the negative comments about Geddy's voice. One's perspective on a band cannot be solely due to one's vocal abilities--which I believe suits Rush's music perfectly. You CANNOT deny the musicianship of these three extremely talented individuals--look at their instrumentals and tell me that they are not legitimate.

If you do not like Rush, stay away from them. Why non-Rush fans continually return to reviews and blasts them really flabbergasts me. Is it your life's purpose to destroy one of the only wholesome bands in existence?

Finally, Rush is not the kind of band you listen to once and judge them. It took me several listenings to tolerate Rush, and now I am a HUGE fan. Rush is the entire package. Like it or not.

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Grenville
Aug 8, 2012 10:19pm

I abhor Mumford and Sons and am ambivalent to Kings of Leon. I have a dim recollection of really enjoying a Rush track from the 70s so I'm pretty sure I'm not biased. Just looked up the title track on YouTube and I have to say I found little if anything to enjoy about it. I hope the review is in fact a joke as the idea that Rush are some kind of gold standard in music is absurd and frightening. That's based on one track of course.

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Grenville
Aug 8, 2012 10:24pm

In reply to Grenville:

That's primarily a comment on the review btw, seemed over the top to me. By all means continue to love Rush, Rush fans!

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mick
Aug 8, 2012 10:47pm

In reply to Grenville:

Yet another who simply doesn't get it. From the comments, do you REALLY think the review is a joke? The only comedy is your total ignorance.

Thanks for dropping by though - see you later, you're not needed here.

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geddycorn
Aug 9, 2012 10:12am

In reply to Dugg:

All that you can do is wish them well...

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Dugg
Aug 9, 2012 12:20pm

In reply to George:

Congratulations, George, you've proven Godwin's law in world record time...well done mate...

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Godwin's law (also known as Godwin's Rule of Nazi Analogies or Godwin's Law of Nazi Analogies[1][2]) is an observation made by Mike Godwin in 1990[2] that has become an Internet adage. It states: "As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1."[2][3] In other words, Godwin observed that, given enough time, in any online discussion—regardless of topic or scope—someone inevitably makes a comparison to Hitler and the Nazis.

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Stavros P. Leibowitz
Aug 9, 2012 1:18pm

Now here's the thing about Rush - I really enjoyed them when I was a kid and I love the memories that I have of seeing them as a kid. However, now that I find myself as an adult I just cannot take them seriously any more. I still return to Moving Pictures from time to time and, funnily enough, I've recently rediscovered the joys of their first album but to me it's something that only my 15-year-old self can enjoy. I loved the Beyond The Light stage DVD but watching it I was struck by how right I was to ditch them after Moving Pictures.

The thing that puts me off them so much is that they strike me a being utterly joyless and it ain't music that makes me wanna fuck and there's the rub (if you'll excuse the unintended pun). It's music for people - well, mainly men - stuck in the worst kind of arrested develop ment. I appreciate that they're a hugely popular band an' all that but that's something that says more about the male psyche than anything else.

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Mick
Aug 9, 2012 2:57pm

In reply to Stavros P. Leibowitz:

How pitiful that your assessment of Rush revolves around whether they make you want to fuck or not and I think you'll find that that says more about you than it does the band . I completely disagree with the suggestion that the guys seem joyless too. They still get along as well as they did when they were teenagers -purely based on the JOY of creating what they create, with none of the bullshit in-fighting that goes on with other high-profile bands (the ones that make you wanna fuck, presumably).

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Stavros P. Leibowitz
Aug 9, 2012 4:30pm

In reply to Mick:

You misunderstand me, Mick. Something like, oooh, Long Tall Sally makes me wanna get up, dance and behave disgracefully. Rush doesn't. Because it's impossible to dance to. At a push you can do some air guitar. As for joyless, I meant the music. I'm sure Mssrs Lee, Lifeson and Peart had loads of fun making this album but this isn't music that makes you feel alive. Each to their own and all that, but this really is music for overly earnest boys. If Sheldon, Leonard, Howard and Raj listened to music, they's be listening to Rush.

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Stavros P. Leibowitz
Aug 9, 2012 4:30pm

In reply to Mick:

You misunderstand me, Mick. Something like, oooh, Long Tall Sally makes me wanna get up, dance and behave disgracefully. Rush doesn't. Because it's impossible to dance to. At a push you can do some air guitar. As for joyless, I meant the music. I'm sure Mssrs Lee, Lifeson and Peart had loads of fun making this album but this isn't music that makes you feel alive. Each to their own and all that, but this really is music for overly earnest boys. If Sheldon, Leonard, Howard and Raj listened to music, they's be listening to Rush.

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Trololo
Aug 9, 2012 7:31pm

No. This just sucks, Jon Bon Jovi style. And so do you for even caring about something dull as this.

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Voice of Reason
Aug 10, 2012 1:56am

In reply to Stavros P. Leibowitz:

"The thing that puts me off them so much is that they strike me a being utterly joyless and it ain't music that makes me wanna fuck and there's the rub (if you'll excuse the unintended pun). It's music for people - well, mainly men - stuck in the worst kind of arrested develop ment."

Easily the most hilarious example of self-refutation I've seen on the Internet in a long time.

It's you who's a victim of arrested development, Stavros--and there's no better evidence for that than the fact that you felt the need to drop a few infantile troll comments into a review of an album you haven't even listened to. Maybe when you grow up you'll become confident enough to get over this sad need to try to puff yourself up at the expense of other people.

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Stavros P. Leibowitz
Aug 10, 2012 9:04am

In reply to Voice of Reason:

I suppose the one constant over Rush's existence is how personally their fans take any perceived sleight. So, to re-iterate, I merely made the following points:

* Rush appealed to me as an adolescent. With the passing of years, their music doesn't hold up to my ears. Clearly they do your but not mine.

* Not sure how having an opinion contrary to yours means that I'm puffing myself as someone else's expense. Chill out, man - no one's having a go at you.

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Stavros P. Leibowitz
Aug 10, 2012 9:05am

In reply to Trololo:

Sorry? I suck because I have a discussion on a er... discussion board? Ye gods...

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Ricky Jazzercise
Aug 10, 2012 8:44pm

"Rush have always been that band that their millions of fans remain maniacally loyal to while non–believers (Rush is a form of religion) seem oblivious – disdainful even, to a phenomenon that they just do not understand."

I find that so inaccurate. My opinion has always been that they're a very technically proficient band that also happens to write some godawful and rather embarrassing songs. After hearing them played constantly on classic rock radio as a kid, I bought Chronicles. What shocked me (even as a kid mind you) was how it's a greatest hits album which features some absolutely cringe inducing shit.

The Trees - one of the worst songs ever written
Passageway to Bangkok - one of the worst songs ever written
Subdivisions - one of the worst songs ever written
New World Man - one of the worst songs ever written
Show Don't Tell - one of the worst songs ever written

Those are only the one's I remember hating. I'm sure if I put it on again, there'd be about 5 more.

Even though I like stuff like working man - the lyrics are terrible. Which has always been the problem with that band.

The only other album I ever had by them was Roll the Bones, which I got for like 5 buck used way back in the day. Total shit from start to finish.

Let us not forget, these guys dedicated an album to "the genius of Ayn Rand". Not sure how you're going to defend that. Neal Peart is an embarassing lyricist, sorry.

That being said, I used to be in a band where I joked that half of our songs were just slight variations on Tom Sawyer. And that's the thing, when Rush is good, they're really good. When they suck, they really suck.

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Mathematically speaking
Aug 11, 2012 11:36pm

The current examples have done nothing to contradict my belief that the intersection of "Rush trolls" and "high school graduates" is the empty set.

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Mark Eglinton
Aug 12, 2012 5:51am

In reply to Mathematically speaking:

haha, nothing like a Venn diagram to clearly illustrate a point. Nice...

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bandwagon
Aug 15, 2012 5:20am

For someone who has never heard this band, I think it's great how so many fans have come out in it's support.

Their discography seems huge... so could anyone hand me a map and a compass? I would certainly like to explore it.

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Martin
Aug 16, 2012 9:35am

Love all of Clockwork Angels, but "The Wrecker" and "The Garden" move me to tears each time I listen, and even afterwards. It's true, this is the 2012 Rush, which continues to keep me engaged with the unexpected. And the unexpected is what keeps me the life long fan I've been since the mid 70's. I often think of what I'd say to those guys if I actually met them. It would simply be "thank you".

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Martin
Aug 16, 2012 9:48am

In reply to bandwagon:

Bandwagon, if you asked 100 Rush fans, you'd probably get 100 different answers. I would encourage you to start with 'Moving Pictures'. Give it a chance by listening to it at least 3 times. This album sold the most but is very well mixed. I have to say buy 2112 next. This album landed their contract with the label and literally was the turning point for the band. Listen to and read the lyrics of 2112 as it's a story of man vs. society, which is a common theme in many of their songs. "Bravado" is my favorite song of all time and it's on the 'Roll The Bones" album. Ok, too much to say here. I hope you enjoy your journey through the catalog....

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Mark
Aug 16, 2012 6:41pm

Fantastic album.
What on earth is it about that last track "The Garden"?
It left me in tears, I had no idea why. It appears I am not alone by any means.

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Dugg
Aug 18, 2012 2:53am

In reply to bandwagon:

...Map and compass, Rush discography...let's see...hmmm, the compass insists on pointing strongly in the direction of "Rubbish Tip"

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Ricky
Aug 19, 2012 9:58pm

In reply to Dugg:

Funny , it seems to be pointing at you too : " Idiot' "...

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Conn Burns
Aug 23, 2012 2:11pm

Mark Eglinton has writen a very eloquent review which I have to say as one of those die hard fans brought genuine tears to my eyes as it appears to reflect the bubble of public consciousness starting to be pricked on what was hitherto a secret joy.

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RP
Aug 24, 2012 3:10pm

In reply to Damon Murphy:

I have been to plenty of Rush concerts and have all of their concert DVDs and replaying those bring the tears also. Glad to hear I'm not alone there. I think my most touching moment was the Vapor Trails tour,,,,when a lot of us thought they might not ever perform again after Neil's tragedies. After Neil's solo, when Geddy and Alex did the acoustic "Resist",,,it was just so moving,,,,I don't know if there was a dry eye in the arena. I will never forget that....I have my tickets for the Angels tour and I'm sure "The Garden" will be one of those moments, among many others. Thanks fellas for decades of memories.

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Gyrfalcon
Aug 26, 2012 5:17am

In reply to Mark:

Something sad there, more or less a finished feeling, but one too early realized. I know what you mean.

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Sn0wDawg
Aug 27, 2012 6:27am

In reply to Mark Eglinton:

I agree w/ Mark. I don't find the mix to be muddy @ all. However, personally I would prefer to have Alex more front-stage in the mix, being the badass that he is. Geddy is clearly in the forefront of the mix (both vox and bass), which isn't a bad thing. I'm just saying thatt Alex seems a bit panned left or right instead of being in your face w/ a wide sterio panorama like in hemispheres. REGARDLESS of my opinion of Alex in the mix.....I love this album........w/o trying to over analyze it, it is a great sonic experience. Listened to it prob 20x now and it gets better each time. Looking forward to seeing some of it live Nov 1!

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M
Aug 27, 2012 6:29am

It's a damn good album. Certainly better than Snakes and Arrows and other recent efforts, which weren't bad anyway. Still haven't penetrated all of it after several listens, which is the sign of a record with depth. If you take out the comments from the blind fanboys and the rabid haters, you will probably get a pretty good consensus that this is one of their best for a very long time.

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Mark Eglinton
Aug 27, 2012 6:57pm

In reply to Sn0wDawg:

I know what you mean but I actually think that Alex's playing is suited to being 'left and right'. In a three member band, he almost has to be. To me, there is no better guitar player on the planet than Lifeson when it comes to serving a song - whether it be with a choice solo or - as is more often the case - adding texture that many wouldn't even notice, but if you took it away there would be no song left. Of course he can deliver amazing solos like 'La Villa..' or a host of others, but I don't see that as his primary strength. Case in point, listen to the solo on 'The Garden'. It's beautifully crafted, obviously, but the real key is how it ends - taking the song back to bridge/chorus. THAT'S a guitar player....

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Martin P
Sep 1, 2012 1:41am

I've read nearly all the reviews of this record an not one of them comes close to this one in terms of raw emotions. Obviously they all identify CA as an amazing album, but only this review recognises the depth of feeling that it transmits - and that only true Rush fans can resonate with. Awe inspiring...

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ricky L
Sep 1, 2012 1:45am

Mark Eglinton is an author of music books - I googled him and from what I read he's almost certainly a Rush fan too. It takes a deep understanding of a band to identify so quickly what the key aspects of an album are and he's done that in a short review in a way that make we emotional.

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Craig Nisbet
Sep 1, 2012 8:50am

A powerful album - one to delve into time and time again. Good work, Mark Eglinton.

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nicole
Sep 10, 2012 1:20pm

hi my name is nicole i am a huge fan of rush so is my boyfriend and for my dad he love rush a lot my dad and my boyfriend have a lot of rush stuff like cds dvds vhs and poster for me i am a drummer i working on some rush stuff i love all of there songs i looking forword to hearing rush new cd that they made and i just found out they will be playing all over the states when i get the new cd i will be lunring some of there song from there new cd that they made hopefuly i can get the new rush cd for my brithday for next year and rush rules and rocks

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Sep 16, 2012 6:25am

In reply to Dugg:

You're completely fucking clueless. Don't ever post anything again. ..ever.

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Sep 19, 2012 8:11pm

In reply to scott:

i agree .like all of rush's best album's you have to listen to this one a lot and the more you listen the more you get addicted to it's music

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ThinkDoug,Think!
Oct 3, 2012 11:46pm

In reply to Dugg:

I think you may have 'Dugg' yourself a bit of a hole there. Seriously though, don't dismiss whole genres just like that - it's what a child would do.

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Rob
Oct 9, 2012 9:57pm

In reply to Dugg:

I just don't have time for your B.S. dugg, life is too short for your cr@p.

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david wish
Oct 21, 2012 7:34am

In reply to Phil Nielson:

I would say, best Rush album since, Grace Under Pressure.

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Deanorush-ed
Oct 26, 2012 9:04am

In reply to Jack:

Jack. fine comments, and the fact you have named your kids after our dear legends is quite compelling. Nice one !

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Erwin Danforth
Feb 7, 2013 3:01am

I am delighted that they have produced a Capstone album such as this. I often thought that Rush, both beloved and maligned, would fizzle into obscurity with their contempories. That they have managed to pull off this album, which seems to encapsulate many of the lessons developed through a lifetime that has been captured and recorded in real time, is refreshing. That they did this while still remaining the three dorky but endlessly endearing guys that they are is a testament to living the lyrics to a piece like "Marothon". I have infinitely more admiration for these guys relative to any of the other wonderful bands I have admired through the years, mainly because they still bring so much enthusiasm for what they do to what they do. They do not engage in the anticipated "ego wars" that plague many other bands at this level (and why should they, being "equally handsome"? ) My favorite part to watch, though, are the devoted fans and the omnipresent "Rush sucks" contingent, who populate the internets with polarized reactions that take me back to arguements going back as long as I have been alive. To me, all of this is a wonderful celebration, and a continued embrace of a strong ethos some of us consider pure and organic, even at its goofiest or most self-indulgent. Love them, loathevthem, or endure them at the beheast of some music geek, yherebcan only be one Rush.

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Pug
Feb 11, 2013 5:09am

In reply to Mark Eglinton:

I totally agree w the guy who complained about the mix. Have none of you noticed the band's sound since vapor trails is extremely bottom heavy, almost as if the band were trying to be grunge like. Seeing them live nowadays, it is nearly impossible to hear Alex's solos clearly over the uber heavy bass and drum mix. I have been to every tour since Hemispheres, and can tell you that back in the 70's 80's and even the 90's, the live mix was crystal clear on the high end. Simply magnificent. The mix now quite simply sucks. If you can't hear Alex's signature arpeggios clearly, why show up at all?

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