Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Aug 3, 2012
    Clockwork Angels is an extremely accomplished piece of music composed and performed absolutely flawlessly.
  2. Jun 19, 2012
    The highs are higher, the lows are lower, and the dynamic is even more exhilarating.
  3. Jul 6, 2012
    This is the three-piece's most solid and compelling set of songs in years.
  4. It's modern sounding, and everything seems to fall into place; the lyrics, the concept, the music, the band chemistry, even the booklet artwork is great.
  5. 80
    It is a killer rock record with a great story.
  6. Jun 18, 2012
    Clockwork Angels sounds as mighty as its concept, with the well-balanced interaction amongst Lee, Lifeson and Peart.
  7. Jun 18, 2012
    A geekier and nerdier Rush? Yes, which is actually a very good thing.
  8. Jun 18, 2012
    Clockwork Angels demonstrates why, after 36 years, Rush's fan base continues to grow. Its musical athleticism and calisthenic discipline are equaled only by its relentless creative drive and its will to express it in a distinct musical language.
  9. Oct 3, 2012
    While Clockwork Angels is energised and intense, it neither sounds nor feels like heritage rock or a return to first principles. [Sep 2012, p.70]
  10. Jul 6, 2012
    No amount of production dross can obscure the fact that Clockwork Angels still constitutes the strongest collection of Rush songs since the mid-'90s.
  11. Jun 21, 2012
    They've produced the best LP they've made in over twenty years; I can easily see this attaining a cult following amongst devoted fans.
  12. Jun 18, 2012
    [Not only] one of the band's Rushiest; it's also very good – frenetic and heavy, low on prog thought puzzles, high on power-trio interplay that could put guys half their age in the burn ward.
  13. Jul 27, 2012
    The songcraft is so taut that whether this howls, drifts, pummels or floats, it remains utterly engaging. [Aug 2012, p.102]
  14. Aug 9, 2012
    Synthesizers are set to beverage warmer – nearly nil – but where a back-to-basics drums/bass/guitar bash continues since peak return Vapor Trails, pinpoint production to extract hooks from hard rock homogeneity continues to elude them.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 50 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. Jun 20, 2012
    Staggering record from the legends. Geddy Lee's vocals are fantastic throughout, and the playing, of course, is unparalleled in monster musicianship. How do these guys do it? And Carnies is a wicked song; I don't care what anyone says. "A Wheel of Fate, A Game of CHANCE!" WAH WAH WAH wah wah ... and that thunderous drum groove. Peart's steampunk sci-fi world and the lyrics are fantastic, as well. I'm gonna get my nerd on and get the novel by Keven J. Anderson in September, fer sure. Full Review »
  2. Jul 1, 2012
    It seems that since Rush had reach such Cult status, no one has balls to criticize them. Well, I can't understand the praise this album is getting but due to fanboyism. The production is awful, very noisy and muddy, a big wall of sound with no dynamics. There are no sons that stands out such as Farcry from the last album and two of them were released over 2 years ago!! Even the artwork is ugly. This album is worst than Vapor Trails, no wonder it took so long to finish and release it. Full Review »
  3. Feb 8, 2014
    @VonSeux,,, Are you tone deaf? This album is, Symphonic on so many levels of melodies and different time signatures that intertwine in each other,,,, Perfectly! Full Review »