1. RUSH - CLOCKWORK ANGELS
Rush continue to confound. After the better part of 40 years you would think that that creative spark which propelled them to the top of a LOT of people's favourite band lists would have dimmed by now. But no. They not only continue to thrive on their stellar back catalogue, but they keep unleashing albums of such spectacular mastery as CLOCKWORK ANGELS.
Clockwork Angels is the band's first full concept album. It is as majestic as any album you will hear all year. Yes, it's full of the usual Rush intricacies and prodigious playing but it's also probably the band's most varied album for some time.
Early releases from the album, Caravan and BU2B, certainly pointed at a harder edged sound and, while the album rock - and it rocks hard at times - there is actually a definite focus on the band's melodic strengths, with tracks such as The Wreckers, the title track and The Garden particular standouts. The result is, curiously, their most accessible album in recent memory. Existing fans will adore it, while there is every possibility that it will gain the band a whole new audience.
KEY TRACKS: The Wreckers, The Garden, The Anarchist
|1. Caravan||All lyrics: Peart, All music: Lee / Lifeson||5:40|
|3. Clockwork Angels||7:31|
|4. The Anarchist||6:52|
|6. Halo Effect||3:14|
|7. Seven Cities Of Gold||6.32|
|8. The Wreckers||5:01|
|9. Headlong Flight||7:20|
|11. Wish Them Well||5:25|
|12. The Garden||6:59|
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