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The following lines are short notes of the strongest emotions that the songs transmitted to me. As the reader knows very well, songs from a band like Rush are very complex and cerebral in the way they are crafted, so a lot of subtleties and detail is not evident on a first listen.
With this thought in mind, I share my experience:
01 - Caravan
This one has already been released and can be heard at:
Brings thoughts of the 2112 album.
Hypnotic guitar riffs.
02 - BU2B
This one has already been released and can be heard at here.
A hard track with a lot of hold and release.
03 - Clockwork Angels
Middle eastern intro with those signature Alex Lifeson big strums.
Neil really works the toms in this one.
Huge number of bridge sections.
Enchanting solo that segues into a weird bridge where Geddy Lee uses the telephone voice effect.
Very atmospheric ending.
04 - The Anarchist
The main guiding element is the rhythm.
(the Cd jumped on this one)
The telephone voice is back on this one.
Extremely intense solo with excellent background tension and very tasteful buildup of the whole solo.
05 - Carnies
The guitar makes a very heavy and powerful entrance.
A lot of effects end up hiding the guitar.
80s style lead guitar phrases.
Crazy breakdown that transitions again to a very heavy ending.
06 - Halo Effect
Ballad acoustic guitar sounds.
Very light pop rock kind of feel.
Nice interlude with traditional Irish flavor.
07 - Seven Cities of Gold
Intro bass riff with the ominous cowbell.
Instant classic Rush slow-paced guitar riff.
Atmospheric solo with a lot of Lifeson trademark whammy bar action.
Goes full circle (what a great song to put in loop).
One of the highlights.
08 - The Wreckers
Happy and melancholic vibe.
Sad but uplifting chorus.
Mysterious section in the middle.
Nice orchestral ending with a cinematographic feel as a guitar solo fades out.
09 - Headlong Flight
This one has already been released and can be heard at one of the videos here presented.
Has a sort of punk attitude.
10 - BU2B2
Slows down the pace.
Violins come back again.
11 - Wish Them Well
Slow, simple and repetitive.
Starts to get interesting as it reaches the end but then goes back to the repetitive chorus.
Yet another fade out.
Less inspired track on the album.
12 - The Garden
Nice guitar and bass riffs.
Awesome Rush acoustic guitar.
Inspired and uplifting orchestral arrangements.
Classic Lifeson single notes with chorus and delay.
Excellent entrance by Neil Peart.
References to the watchmaker.
Piano prelude to a huge solo from Alex Lifeson, again with excellent orchestration - big guitar moment of the album.
Overall, a very enjoyable album, with excellent sound quality and full of detail; all of the musicians are in awesome shape and showcase the brilliance that brought them to their iconic status.
One can clearly state that is displays awareness for modern approaches while showing respect for the more traditional sounds.
An album that will solidify Rush's position in the front line of progressive rock - very diverse with huge exploration moments.