Rush. Clockwork angels.
Canadian age-old proge roller Rush has released their best album in 30 years. Clockwork is an old-fashioned concept album, whose story represents steampunk, alternate reality sci-fi with echoes of 1900th century world. Album buzzes with lost golden cities, clockwork angels ruling the laws of physics and other movers. Surprisingly, the result is that everything works perfectly. Music, lyrics, visual look: the entity is enjoyable sturdy. The trio of Geddy Lee, Neil Peart and Alex Lifeson plays together like one animal. [:)] Rocking music can not be any sharper than this. Lees voice has lowered along the years and shrieking of their early years is gone. This adds to the flavour of the band.
Petri Laukka / Tärppi TV&Menot 27.7.-2.8.2012 p. 14. (publ. Kaleva)
… the good old odd signatures like 5 or 7 had at the times of PoW MD dissolved into heavily accented syncopation resulting, at best, momentarily 7/8 feel. The deep charm of Rush leaned on signature changes giving a polyrhytmic feel. Now with a presumably thick click and even unconsciously self-asserted laid back attitude results are sometimes self-evident or, well, lazy? Argh, forgive me, old respected musicians! Click should, if used, come not more than on ones, sometimes on larger entities. Old Rush had kind of African drum feel and physical drumming to feed vividity to rhythm. Life comes in fills in between the clicks. Now click and effects have tied life down BUT: In your age of over sixties, playing almost 4 hr shows, could YOU cope with it? – And… Joni got synths, Bob got electric guitar. Can Rush stick to 70’s? Nostalgia for us.