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Universal acclaim- based on 50 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 45 out of 50
  2. Negative: 4 out of 50

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  1. 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. Expand
  2. Jul 31, 2014
    Rush has always been overated. Great musician sure. But the fanbase is all sweaty fat guys who don't care how bad Geddys voice is despite being able to hit all the notes. They watch lifeless waiting to see if Lifeson gets that riff right live .... yet 99.9% of them wouldn't know if he played in a different key all night. They cant play but like to scrutinize others ... like they can even hear it.

    Anyway ... the production of Clockwork is so bad that I cant listen. Really low lows etc but nothing is clear and zero dynamics.

    Was never a big fan to begin with. Bad production isn't helping.

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. 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]
  2. 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.
  3. Aug 3, 2012
    Clockwork Angels is an extremely accomplished piece of music composed and performed absolutely flawlessly.