Finally got the album. Although I'm only home a few minutes, so it'll take me a while to lsiten to it. Very excited though.
Just got the new Rush yesterday: so far, the title track is doing the most damage to my head. I don't think I've ever heard Rush swing before, but they manage it here. It has a kind of weightless feel to it while still being heavy - a contradiction, I know, but that's what I get from it. Apart from that - like any Rush album, it doesn't lend itself to a quick review.
After spending a solid week listening to it (minimum 3 times a day), i'm gonna go out on a limb and say it's the best thing they've done since Moving Pictures
I'll add Permanent Waves and declare the finest 3 albums of their career.
Ill even admit to shedding a tear or two with The Garden...
Ah Permanent Waves, it was my first Rush album and made my jaw hit the floor and me fall in love with them.
They've such a large body of fantastic work (and i'm a huge fan of their prog noodlings) it's hard to say top 3 for myself, but i will say my top 6 albums are 2112, AFTK, Hemispheres, PM, MP, CA.
I'll admit The Garden took me quite a few listens, but it's probably their best ballad now.
348 days til Berlin !!!!!!! woo hooo ....*
* This could be the longest "countdown" ever*
Does any hope remain for an Irish show?
I've lost hope myself so am going to the London O2 show with a mate!
If you like Prog noodlings ... may I recommend Astra ....
Looking at the lyrics, The Anarchist seems like it could stand up to a Death Metal cover version. I don't think I've ever seen such cold anger in Rush lyrics before:
Available Light is better (imo).
As to the album as a whole my initial thoughts are that its on a par with Vapor Trails for me (which I really like). However it doesn't come close to the vast majority of their output. A huge improvement on Snakes and Arrows though. Rush albums do have a tendency to improve the more I listen to them so that opinion could change.
Far more eloquent than most death metal (and i'm speaking as a massive, massive death metaller).
I think though it fits, moreso than anything they've done, this album is a fictional story. It's a bit of an odd shift considering Peart's lyrical output for the last how many decades, never thought he'd return to this kind of storytelling tbh (my fave song on the album too!).
To the ever evolving and expanding 'to buy' list that goes
Their debut album, The Weirding, is a cracker too ...
Here's the opening track with a pretty excellent Fan-Made video ...
My mate just picked me up a ticket for the O2 in London
332 days to go.....