Rush
Clockwork Angels


4.5
superb

Review

by kual21 USER (16 Reviews)
April 6th, 2013 | 13 replies | 1,197 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Just like the previous album, Clockwork Angels has the ability “to fill up a room” with all its strength, emotion and melodic themes. The instrumental junction between the three members makes this album one of the top albums of the last decade and dec

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After 38 years of Rush’s debut album, it’s impressive how this band manages to stay so fresh. They had the ability to continue playing progressive rock music with so much intent, without emulating their old albums, or rehashing their classics. Rush, decade over decade continue playing for their old fan base, but were able to captivate younger audiences. Their music is fresh, heavy, melodic, conceptual and rhythmic… and it is so good!! Great example of these adjectives is their latest album entitled Clockwork Angels.

I’m a huge fan of the band, I have listened their entire discography including demos, bootlegs, cover or live albums. I have been listening Rush for quite a few years and the band doesn’t stop impressing me. Year after year they are better, the Canadian natives made one of the most impressive progressive records of the decade with Snakes & Arrows and my expectation for the next release was enormous. Let me just say that my expectations took a severe beating: I didn’t expect nothing as good as this Clockwork Angels.

This is a conceptual album centered on a young man following his dreams, he struggles with inner and outer forces. This young man has an enemy: Watchmaker, an evil authoritarian presence who attempts to rule the world. Lyrically, Rush presents one of their best works of the last 20 years, the lyrics are so inspired, and are written by the magical hands of Neil Peart. This album will be novelized by Neil Peart and sci-fi author Kevin J. Anderson, which says a lot about the amazing work of Peart’s songwriting. Instrumentally, the band continues the direction of the previous album, with great predominance to the amazing guitar riffs of Lifeson and acoustic guitars; Geddy Lee’s voice is much more emotional than the previous album, and his bass compositions are the backbone of this album; Neil Peart’s drum playing continue as perfect as always, with some heavy moments like in “Headlong Flight” or “The Anarchist”.

This album is very complete and features every single characteristic that puts this band as the best band ever alongside Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd. It can be extremely heavy in tracks such as “The Anarchist”, “BU2B”, “Headlong Flight” or “Caravan”; it can be soulful and extremely moving in tracks like “The Garden” or the heavy pop “Wish Them Well”; it can be intelligent and smart in “Halo Effect” or “Seven Cities of Gold”. I can’t forget the group performance: the band continues to coexist as impressively as 40 years ago, they couldn’t be better! This album, definitely has epics that will join the band's long list of greats. Clockwork Angels’s production is so tight, we can hear in perfect conditions Geddy Lee’s bass without being topped over by Peart’s drums and Lifeson’s guitars, it makes a wonderful picture of inspired, heavy, melodic and soulful music.

All in all, Clockwork Angels is the result of musicians that know what they are doing. They don’t live through their classics, they prefer to continue playing those classics and making more epics and future classics. The group performance is so energetic and inspired, the songwriting is off the chart and it has a concept that is rare to see in these days. Just like the previous album, Clockwork Angels has the ability “to fill up a room” with all its strength, emotion and melodic themes. The instrumental junction between the three members makes this album one of the top albums of the last decade and decades to come.

"I was brought up to believe the universe has a plan/ we are only human, it's not ours to understand.” (The heavy riff of Alex Lifeson's guitar accompanying Geddy Lee’s legendary voice makes this moment one of the best moments of the last 20 years of music)



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SadAndHolyGlow
April 6th 2013



1448 Comments


Great review. I shall definitely check this out soon.

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Storm In A Teacup
April 7th 2013



12688 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fuck yeah and a bottle of rumple neck

BigPleb
April 7th 2013



28851 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yet to find a review of this that is correct.

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Jethro42
April 7th 2013



12085 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Excellent review, posd.

toxin.
April 7th 2013



11824 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good shit

demigod!
April 7th 2013



40987 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

shut up leb

BigPleb
April 7th 2013



28851 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fuck you

ChuckyTruant
April 7th 2013



15582 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

3.5?!?!?

i thought you were cool bro

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BigPleb
April 7th 2013



28851 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I just hopped off the hype train a while ago.

oltnabrick
April 7th 2013



29282 Comments


i like dat rating ye

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demigod!
April 7th 2013



40987 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

fuck yo hype train this album just kicks ass

BigPleb
April 7th 2013



28851 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've not listened for a while

ChuckyTruant
April 7th 2013



15582 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

yeee



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