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Old 03-29-2012, 07:24 PM  
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Old 05-10-2012, 12:40 PM   #61
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I don't know if you'd call it a song by song review, but it gives you a feel for the album.

http://www.musicradar.com/news/guita...y-track-542931


I was going to post this. Just read it along with Nick R. production notes on the CD. Sounds like he told them to strp up and Rock out!!
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Old 05-10-2012, 01:06 PM   #62
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Another one.

http://music.thedigitalfix.com/conte...-by-track.html

With a career spanning four decades and encapsulating nineteen albums, Rush are an institution. One of the few prog giants to cross over to the mainstream, each and every album is met with a huge degree of anticipation months in advance. So it was with a fair amount of delight that TMF sat down for a preview of Clockwork Angels in all its glory. Set for release on 11 June, what can Rush fans expect from the band's latest musical extravaganza?

1. Caravan

A staple of the recent Time Machine tour, this single was released nearly two years ago now and is old hat by comparison the rest of the album. However, the mix is different to single, with the most noticeable difference the addition of strings flying around in the background - adding to the already big sound this little beauty had.

2. BU2B

This too is subtlety different to the version that appeared with ‘Caravan’ previously. Tying the opening two pieces together is a new intro of ethereal acoustic guitars and some heavily warped vocals, before it explodes into that killer riff all Rush fans have fallen in love with.

3. Clockwork Angels

Now we’re getting stuck into new territory! What immediately jumps out at you about the title track is how it harks back to the Rush of the late 70s. The various sections that make up this mini masterpiece feel slightly indulgent yet sit together so comfortably. The feel too, is very evocative of that era - lurking somewhere between ‘Xanadu’ and ‘The Trees’, albeit far more powerful than they have ever been.

4. The Anarchist

Already there is the sense that Clockwork Angels is different; whereas recent albums have been somewhat introvert and closed, this is anything but. Epic on a massive scale, ‘The Anarchist’ continues the trend of more upbeat, faster, and heavier tunes that is beginning to form the musical theme of this record. Here we have the sound of a band relaxed and having an enormous amount of fun. Despite being more in keeping with the modern day Rush compositions, it still fits right in alongside the more classical title track.

5. Carnies

Bang! Now this is some heavy shit! Very much the partner-in-crime of ‘BU2B’ with its deliciously crunching riff – complete with harmonics – this is a good contender for the album highlight, and will certainly be an absolute barnstormer live. Rush are continuing to strike the perfect balance between experimenting with something new yet still sounding undeniably themselves. Oh that riff, that sweet, sweet riff!

6. Halo Effect

This little three minute ditty is the first time the foot has come off the gas, but even this doesn’t quite fall into ballad region as the band hold in, but don’t disguise, the urge to let loose. ‘Halo Effect’ has third single written all over it as the uplifting chorus is tailor-made for vast stadium sing-alongs, and is guaranteed to become a fan favourite.

7. Seven Cities Of Gold

The breather is indeed brief as ‘Seven Cities Of Gold’, quite probably the standout track from Clockwork Angels, sees Alex Lifeson once again bringing the hammer down. Slower than anything from the first half of the album, it heads towards the land of doom with yet another rip-roaring riff and dark menace aplenty. Another soaring solo in the middle eight, and is quite possibly the pick of the bunch; as a result of the new writing process for this album, a lot of the music has a loose, improvised, almost jazzy, feel to it, and ‘Seven Cities Of Gold’ is the most exhilarating example of this.

8. The Wreckers

This one has an old pop rock feel to it, characterised by jangly and melodious guitars. Along with ‘Halo Effect’, these two show Rush can still write these great radio-friendly hits, and do it far better than most. Not one of the stronger songs on the record, it is still a very pleasant number that adds yet more dynamism to this enthralling show as the orchestra swells to a crescendo, and even has a massive guitar line bursting out to take us to the fade.

9. Headlong Flight

What is this I hear? Punk? I do believe it is! The furious riffs (yup, even more of them) have the bite and urgency of the finest rebellious miscreants, and are damn catchy to boot. Another shifting monster of a song, Rush peerlessly stitch all the pieces together majestically, and even at approaching eight minutes it never feels as such nor overstays any welcome. Yet more madcap guitar solos burst out, and I’m pretty sure Alex has never had so much fun doing these…

10. BU2B2

A short little interlude, this is more akin to an orchestral remix of its bigger brother. A rather strange piece in the context of the album, yet it’s not entirely out of place. At a little over 90 seconds though, it has gone before you’ve had time to ponder the question.

11. Wish Them Well

Easily the most straight forward number on Clockwork Angels, and possible in the entirety of the Rush back catalogue, ‘Wish Them Well’ is a bit punky, very poppy, and not at all as memorable as it pretends to be. Something of a throwaway tune, it is the one track here that elicits complete indifference, and wouldn’t be missed were it to magically disappear.

12. The Garden

And so to the finale, and with ‘The Garden’ we are thankfully back to classic Rush as the acoustic guitar re-emerges for some of that stonking pop-prog they defined so many years ago. The song builds into this glorious mesh of pleasing guitars and a giant wall of those strings that have littered the album, quietly propping up the background but now taking centre stage for themselves in one last hurrah.

And so there you have it, a thrilling ride through the heartlands of classic prog seen with a modern eye - a wonderfully executed sixty six minutes of musical wizardry by one of the finest bands around. Rush have done it again.
I can't believe Rush is Getting POSITIVE reviews for something?? It must Really kick some ass!! Other reviews are Just as positive-I think we have CD of the year on our hands.
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Old 05-10-2012, 02:13 PM   #63
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I can't believe Rush is Getting POSITIVE reviews for something?? It must Really kick some ass!! Other reviews are Just as positive-I think we have CD of the year on our hands.
I'd watch the Grammy's for once if Geddy, Alex, and Neil were up there to accept an award.
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Old 05-10-2012, 03:16 PM   #64
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I'd watch the Grammy's for once if Geddy, Alex, and Neil were up there to accept an award.
Yep hard to believe they have Never won a Grammy-I think they lost to Brian Wilson's Mr Jones Cow or some stoopid song like that last time-lol

The have Never been on the cover of Rolling Stone-big shock since the nazi founder hates them for Some reason - who incidently is the founder of Rock roll Hall of (Mediocre pop bands) Fame.

Rush is 4th all time in consecutive Gold Records and are represented in the Canadian Music Hall of fame. Song writers HOF, NHL Hall, Motorcycle HOF. They are the Most Important and Influencial band out of canada and have recieved Every honor available Including the Royal Order of Canada.

I dont think the give a crap about a grammy when you look at who actually wins them.
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Old 05-11-2012, 03:52 PM   #65
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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.

Very melodic.

(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


Airy introduction.

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.

Catchy chorus.

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.

Fast-paced song.

Has a sort of punk attitude.

Intense breakdown.

10 - BU2B2

Slows down the pace.

Violins come back again.

Spoken.

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

Big violins.

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.
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Great Rush film from the Lifetime Award they just received-Great to see a New Generation into the Greatest Band of All time!!


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Thanks KC-I just read that off rushisaband.com

Another awesome review!! I can't wait to get this one!! I sit back and read the lyrics while listening to the music-they Never fail to amaze me.

I guess Rush just moved up to # 3 All time for consecutive Gold records-Wow pretty incredible. I hope they add another one with Clockwork Angels.
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Out today. So far, I'm really digging it. Reminds me of a mix of Vapor Trails and Snakes & Arrows.

Early favorites:
  • The Wreckers
  • Wish Them Well
  • The Garden
The booklet has an intro paragraph for every song (not sure if it's from the upcoming book or not) followed by the lyrics. I'm looking forward to being able to sit down with the booklet and read while listening to the album.
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You don't have it yet? Oh, sorry. I mistook you for a real Rush fan.








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Great Album, Great Packaging. Killer Songs.

Love the little things they added to Caravan and BU2B in the background. Lots more hard rockers than I thought there would be.

Does sound like a mix of Vapor Trails and Snakes, I might wind up liking it better than either. I can already tell it blows Test For Echo out of the water (not that that's hard). Looks like the Canadian Power Trio hit the nail on the head with the hammer AGAIN. i'm liking it much better than I liked Snakes And Arrows at first. I'm thinking it'll crack the Top 10, if not Top 5. Very impressed.
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Every song is terrific and the art work and lyrics are some of the best!
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