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  • Summary: The Canadian trio's latest release is a concept album about a young man's journey to fulfill his dreams and was co-produced with Nick Raskulinecz.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Aug 3, 2012
    100
    Clockwork Angels is an extremely accomplished piece of music composed and performed absolutely flawlessly.
  2. Jun 19, 2012
    91
    The highs are higher, the lows are lower, and the dynamic is even more exhilarating.
  3. Jun 18, 2012
    80
    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.
  4. Jul 6, 2012
    80
    This is the three-piece's most solid and compelling set of songs in years.
  5. Jul 6, 2012
    70
    No amount of production dross can obscure the fact that Clockwork Angels still constitutes the strongest collection of Rush songs since the mid-'90s.
  6. Oct 3, 2012
    70
    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]
  7. Aug 9, 2012
    40
    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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. Jun 20, 2012
    10
    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. Expand
  2. Jul 13, 2012
    10
    The 5 year wait is finally over, and the wait was worth it. Rush returns with Clockwork Angels, which, in my opinion, has been their best album since Roll the Bones. Expand
  3. Nov 10, 2013
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Rush's latest album "Clockwork Angels" hits home so hard, it doesn't even have words to describe. Oh wait, it does.

    Released in 2012, Rush's next leap into the big world of music blows everything else out of the water, by delivering this instant masterpiece of an album. Geddy's lines are more complex, Alex's solos are even better, and Neil's drumming... words cannot describe his drumming in the album. It's simply incredible! I first discovered this album from the 2011 video game Rocksmith, when Ubisoft (the developer/publisher) released their DLC pack for November 13th, 2012. Their bass expansion had released, and to celebrate, they had released this DLC pack containing five (5) songs from the definitive Canadian prog rock group. These songs included YYZ, Tom Sawyer, Red Barchetta (Moving Pictures), Subdivisions (Signals), and Headlong Flight (Clockwork Angels).
    The song opens up with a dual bass track, with the guitar and drums merging in simultaneously, and blowing me out of the water. Neil's lyrics again blow me away during the chorus.

    Me, being a bassist myself, love this song to death during the bass lines, and everything else during this entire album, and not just Headlong Flight. The self-titled song based on the album is also one to behold; there's also Carnies, The Wreckers, The Anarchist, and Caravan (Headlong Flight and Caravan are the two singles released from Clockwork Angels so far).

    Point being, and everything else aside, this album is surely a classic and should be in everyone's collection. 10/10
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  4. Jun 19, 2012
    9
    Rush are back, after the usual hiatus. Don't be hard on them though, after all they tour hard and long with no support for around 2 and a half hours every night. Their latest offering is believe it or not their 1st concept album. Think about it, 2112 and Hemispheres were concepts on one side only. This one has a story that lasts throughout. The first 2 tracks "Caravan" and "Brought up to believe" (sorry, i dont do text speak) were tantalisingly released last year prior to the Time Machine tour and after over a year still sound fresh and new. Then after those 2 we really get into the rest of what is a great sounding album. My personal highlights (in addition to the above) are "The Anarchist ", "Headlong Flight", "Wish them well" and "The Garden". That said every single song beneath between and behind are excellent with the exception of "Carnies" which IMO didn't really go anywhere as a stand alone song. The album is about as heavy and hard as Rush have been for many a year and there are a few hat-tips to their previous work. Headlong flight has elements of "Bastille Day", "The main monkey business" and "By-Tor". This song is i reckon the best track on the album, Geddy Lee has a bass run that is groovy, rocky, funky and if you listen it in the car will guarantee to make you put you foot down (dont go over the speed limit its dangerous), All in all the best Rush song for ages and an absolute triumph. Neils lyrics make it all the better. All in all in its a fantastic Rush track, music and lyrics married perfectly. If you are reading this then chances are you a Rush fan in which case you've probably already bought the album which makes my review pointless. Never mind, I WISH THAT I COULD LIVE IT ALL AGAIN. ,,/ Expand
  5. Aug 9, 2013
    9
    The album was in production for a few years, and they were even playing the first two songs off of the album during their Time Machine Tour in 2010. There were many reasons why the album could be bad, but at the same time many why it could be good. First of all Rush never made an album that didn’t have at least a few good songs, so the chances of them making something terrible to me was pretty much zero. They also made all of their albums somewhat fresh at least. But at the same time knowing that it was their 19th studio album, and considering how many they had done somebody could question if they still had any good ideas. Also the big build up before the release could lead to a disappointment. But what did I think?

    I think that it was the best album since Moving Pictures. It is awesome. It delivers all the stuff that makes Rush awesome, such as incredible drumming and lyric writing from Neil Peart, shredding guitar from Alex Lifeson, and amazing bass playing from Geddy Lee. It mixes in the style of old school Rush with their more heavy metal like albums like Vapor Trails or Test For Echo. It has songs that you will love the first time you hear them, and some that will grow on you. A few you can tell will be great right off the bat. But there are a few I feel like I need to talk about specifically.

    The first song on the album is “Caravan.” It is definitely one of the best songs off of the album. It is one of those Rush songs where it starts off with an interesting intro, and then suddenly Neil come sin on the drums, and it gets awesome. It is definitely a song that gets more and more incredible as it goes on. It has an amazing song structure, with several different parts that all go together perfectly, and the writing is perfect. The chorus is great, but simple only repeating one line “I can’t stop thinking big.” The solo is the best part, because that is where it really sounds like old school Rush. It has a shredding guitar backed up behind a very fast bass from Geddy Lee, which is very common with Rush. Overall a classic Rush song that is perfect.

    “Carnies” is another great one that rocks hard every moment. After about 20 seconds of carnival noises, a heavy distortion guitar kicks in, and you are psyched by the awesomeness of the song. The rest of the song is exhilarating, and just a great head banging song. This is probably the most exciting song on the album if you ask me. It is an even better concert song. Overall it is great.

    Another great song is “Headlong Flight,” which is about an epic journey. That is a song that has a lot of everything. Tons of bass playing, guitar playing, and drumming. It is a song that people will probably jump up and down to in concert, and will air drum to Neil Peart. It starts off with an amazing bass riff, and right there you know that the song will be great. It is a long song that rocks harder and harder as it goes along. Extremely creative, and beautifully written. The parts of the song are put together perfectly, and is truly a one of a kind Rush song. In my opinion one of the all time great Rush songs.

    The 2nd best track off of this album in my opinion is “Wish Them Well.” It is one of those Rush songs where you know it will be great right off the bat, because it really sounds like the type of stuff they did in the 70’s. It is one of those songs where Neil wrote some very meaningful lyrics. He is singing about how you shouldn’t judge people, because that hurts you, and it makes you bad. He is also saying be glad you aren’t like them, and ignore them. Very meaningful lyrics that people should pay attention too.

    The final track on the album is “The Garden.” Pretty much all the songs on the album before it were fast and crazy, so slowing it down for one final song on the record was a pretty good idea. It is one of those Rush songs that you may not like first, but you will grow to love. It has very deep lyrics, which are very hard to understand. The chorus is “The measure of a life is the measure of love and respect. So hard to earn so easily burned.” How much deeper can you get then that? Neil Peart is in my opinion atrociously underrated when it comes to writing lyrics. I wish I could write like him. It is the lyrics of this song that gets to me I find. Also the music, and great structure I find suithing. A really good slow and long Rush song.

    Every song on the album is great, but those are the ones that really stick out to me. I feel like they are back to writing the type of stuff that they did in the 70’s, but they are at the same time still in their metal phase. These guys are just as good as they were back in the day, and maybe even better. Rush always rocks, and the fact that they are only considered the world’s greatest cult band stuns me. They deserve way more credit then they get. But they have a cult following of people like me who see all of their greatness. Phenomenal band, and phenomenal album.
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  6. Nov 1, 2012
    9
    great new music from thee trio of rock. they give a nod to the old while being completely new and fresh on this album. they have continued what they started with Vapor Trails and Snakes and Arrows, which is returning to guitar, bass, and drums rock and roll. great concept with singularly strong songs. Expand
  7. Jul 1, 2012
    3
    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

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