Legendary rock band Rush have unveiled details of its highly anticipated, new album, CLOCKWORK ANGELS. The recording of CLOCKWORK ANGELS began with Grammy Award winner Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Deftones) who collaborated with the band on their most recent studio album, 2007 s SNAKES & ARROWS - and Rush co-producing. Lyrically, CLOCKWORK ANGELS chronicles a young man's quest across a lavish and colorful world of steampunk and alchemy as he attempts to follow his dreams. The story features lost cities, pirates, anarchists, exotic carnival, and a rigid Watchmaker who imposes precision on every aspect of daily life. With more than 40 million records sold worldwide and countless sold-out tours, Rush Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart is not only one of the most inventive and compelling groups in rock history, but remains one of the most popular. The RIAA has certified Rush for the third most consecutive gold/platinum studio albums by a rock band, topped only by the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.
By Monkey Wrench (Edmonton) - review is from: Clockwork Angels (Audio CD)
Rush's new album Clockwork Angels isn't heaven sent, it's a foul piece
of baboon rectum from the fiery pits of hell. I don't know where to
begin, but I'll first critique the performances of the three monkeys
on this drivel. First up is Neil Peart. The old fart needs to give up
playing the drums and spend his remaining days riding his motorcycle
and write a coffee table book chronicling his travels across the
wasteland know as Canada. His timing is slightly off on the track
Caravan, which could be due to old age. He simply doesn't haven't
anymore, and if you listen closely, you'll notice how sloppy his
drumming has become. I sometimes wonder if his afro-centric hat
distracts his playing. Whether in the studio, or on stage, I can't
help but wonder if he thinks about that colorful contraption that sits
atop of his dome. Either way, Neil Peart has lost a step, and people
need to accept it. It just happens when you become a geezer.
Next up is Geddy Lee. Usually your voice will deepen when you grow
older, but not Mr. Lee. No way. Geddy sounds like his bits got caught
in his zipper which has resulted in his voice going up an octave. For
a man approaching 60, he sure does sound like Justin Beiber singing
Baby Baby. Just listen to the track Headlong Flight and you'll notice
how awful Mr. Lee's vocals have become. The man who sang on classic
tracks such as Tom Sawyer and Limelight is a shell of his former self,
and his bass playing has started to suffer as well. Here's some advice
for Geddy: playing the bass might be easier if you remove two of the
strings. Another complaint that I have is the lack of keyboards on
this album. Mr. Lee is the Elton John of the progressive rock scene,
and he really needs to treat the world to his fantastic keyboard
The third member is Alex Lifeson. I don't know where to begin. First,
his guitar playing isn't clean at all. BU2B2 is chock full of sloppy
guitar playing that it makes Kurt Cobain sound like a virtuoso. As of
right now, because of Lifeson's regrettable performance on this album,
I have more respect for Cobain as a guitarist. At least Cobain didn't
try to portray himself as a guitar god who thinks he's a stand up
comedian. At this point in his life, and after hearing some of the
disastrous string picking, maybe Alex needs to find a new day job and
hit the nightclub circuit and make people laugh because he's so
hilarious. Really, if you watch his interviews he'll make you tinkle a
little bit in your pants.
One word can sum up the songwriting on this album: Pretentious. It's
as if they are screaming for attention..."Hey look at us we're
progressive. We're feeling the 70s vibe again but were going to make
it modern. Woo-hoo! Checkout the complex arrangements of our songs!
We're so cool because we try to write complex stuff." Hey, at least
the production is better than Vapor Trails.
Meanwhile, following what Rush is up to. Not too impressed with Clockwork Angels. But....
Since 1998, Rush has been eligible for nomination into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. After several years of being overlooked, the band was nominated for entry in 2012. The Hall's refusal to induct Rush may be a consequence of the band's insistence on remaining outside the mainstream of rock when it comes to self-promotion, in favour of maintaining a high degree of independence. Another problem may be their genre, as the Hall of Fame has repeatedly come under criticism for excluding progressive rock entirely. Supporters cite the band's accomplishments including longevity, proficiency, and influence, as well as commercial sales figures and RIAA certifications. However, Lifeson has expressed his indifference toward the perceived slight saying "I couldn't care less, look who's up for induction, it's a joke". Rush has gained a degree of recognition in popular culture despite any official recognition from the Hall. The three band members were made Officers of the Order of Canada in 1996.
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