Jun 20, 2012Staggering 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
Oct 4, 2012This is Rush's best album since either 1985's Power Windows or 1989's Presto. Peart's songwriting and drums are better than ever, Geddy's bass is fine tuned, and Alex's guitar sounds so young. Immediately when I heard the second single from this album, Headlong Flight, I thought of Working Man. It had the pure shred and kick that old Rush had. Rush is back, friends.… Expand
Nov 10, 2013This 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… Expand
Aug 17, 2012So far I've only listened to the first 3 tracks and I can tell you this is a return to the Rush I grew up with. Amazing soundscapes with the message to match. Even more amazing, these guys can still destroy ANY band musically at their age. Thank you Geddy, Neil, and Alex for continuing to enrich my life with your music!… Expand
Aug 9, 2013The 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.… Expand
Dec 5, 2012I came late to the Rush party - as a 31 year-old who liked their hits growing up but never really invested any time into listening to deep cuts or whole albums - but listening to Clockwork Angels was a pretty big revelation for me. If not my favorite album of the year, it is definitely in the top five. After seeing them perform the majority of the album live recently, I have an even greater regard for the thematic elements and crafty songwriting the trio implemented. My favorites would have to be "Carnies" and "the Wreckers", though the whole album is worth listening to start to finish every time.… Expand
Jul 1, 2012It 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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