• Record Label: Atlantic
  • Release Date: May 1, 2007
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 68 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 65 out of 68
  2. Negative: 1 out of 68

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  1. ToddW
    May 24, 2007
    5
    As a Rush fan for more than 30 years, I have to laugh at those hyperventilating about their new album. Simply put, this offering is merely O.K., and that's pretty much what we've been getting every time out from the Toronto rockers for the past two decades. Me? I expect so much more from a band backed by one of the best rock drummers of all time. (Although Mastodon's Brann As a Rush fan for more than 30 years, I have to laugh at those hyperventilating about their new album. Simply put, this offering is merely O.K., and that's pretty much what we've been getting every time out from the Toronto rockers for the past two decades. Me? I expect so much more from a band backed by one of the best rock drummers of all time. (Although Mastodon's Brann Dailor is currently the King of the Kit.) There is nothing on here remotely in league with "Moving Pictures," "Signals," "2112," or "Presto." Heck, there's nothing on here as good as anything on "Hold Your Fire" or "Counterparts." What Rush does well is play live, as witness the shows I have seen and their many live albums I have purchased. I gave up hope for them in the studio long ago. Oh sure, I'll keep forking over the bucks to hear another effort, but only to see if Neil Peart still has a heart. Expand
Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Snakes & Arrows is one of the tightest conceptual records the band has ever released.
  2. 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.
  3. Billboard
    70
    Most of the proceedings are fairly clean-cut and midtempo, with guitars only intermittently attaining heavy density. [5 May 2007]