Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. If you're a Rush fan, add two stars; if not, subtract two.
  2. Snakes & Arrows is one of the tightest conceptual records the band has ever released.
  3. Unfortunately, too much of Snakes and Arrows is dominated by mid-tempo, lumbering behemoths.
  4. In typical Rush fashion the compositions tend to feel coldly scientific or laboriously calculated.... Nevertheless, it's a solid record.
  5. Meet the new Rush, same as the old Rush....and as it turns out after all these years that's a pretty good thing.
  6. A return to their former glory days, Snakes and Arrows shows this seminal prog rock band reclaiming some of the sonic territory that they'd lost over the past few years.
  7. "Snakes & Arrows" is several steps ahead of more recent efforts.
  8. Rush has delivered what is arguably their best work since 1990’s Presto.
  9. Most of the proceedings are fairly clean-cut and midtempo, with guitars only intermittently attaining heavy density. [5 May 2007]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 62 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. Mar 29, 2012
    This albums has many great tunes. They include great hard rock songs with prog elements such as "Far Cry" and "Armor and Sword" and magnificent instrumentals such as "The Main Monkey Business", "Malignant Narcissism", "Hope". But half of the songs are boring and they are really hard to remember (such as "Faithless", "Spindrift", etc). Instrumental lines are good as usual: guitars riffs are heavy and mean, bass is a growling monster! "Snakes & Arrows" is more hard-rocky than previous works, but it sure is a good album and I'd recommend it to people who want to get acquainted with this band. Full Review »
  2. JamesW.
    Feb 1, 2008
    The best album they have ever done with Niel Peart still playing really good and for me he is the best drummer going.
  3. TommyM.
    Dec 14, 2007
    It will become another of their classics!