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Review: Rush; Snakes And Arrows

Bearing in mind I'm not a huge pro-rock band, Rush have been icon's to many people over their many years of service to the music industry. I was asked to review this by a friend of mine, so I shall do this album justice. I'm also going to avoid my usual way of review scoring, and just give it a mark out of 100. Hope you enjoy reading this.

The Canadian prog-rock trio Rush, what can you say? More than 40 years of active service (having formed in 1968), although they didn't release their first album until 1974, but since then, they have had more than 20 gold albums and a dozen platinum albums to their credit. So why this amazing achievement?

Is it Geddy Lee's piercing vocals, matched only by John Anderson of Yes and another Canadian prog-power trio Triumph? Or is it Neil Peart, who has won countless awards for his amazing skills, and perfect signature timing? These guys certainly seem to have the longevity thing nailed, perhaps because they record an album, release it, tour then go off of the radar for a while? In recent years they've taken anywhere between 3-8 years between albums. Their last full release ( the covers EP feedback from 2004 notwithstanding) was Vapor Trails in 2002.

Anyway, onto the album. Track 4, "The Larger Bowl" stands out to me, as the intro sounds like a 60's song, but then it kicks back and just transforms into an easy going, melodic rock track, the kind of which you'd expect to hear on an early Rush album. Next, "Spindrift" also stands out, as a slightly darker track, with a slightly eerier edge, maintaining the dark sound throughout the song. "The Main Monkey Business" stood out to me, not because it's just a good song, but because it reminded me of The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy theme song, so that's a plus. It then weaves into something more mysterious, and intriguing, with many elements to love. "The Way The Wind Blows" reminded me of the 60's band Cream, which is unsurprising, given that Rush listed Cream as one of their influences. Some brilliant songs on the album, but these mainly stood out to me.

Not being a big Rush fan, I cannot say that this album is the best I've heard in a while, but it is certainly full of many catchy tunes, and brilliant hooks with signature timing and perfect cymbal timing which will keep young prog-rock fans hooked. Although the album is swarming with good songs, they tended to be in the first half of the album, and the second did little to keep my attention for much longer than it needed. Still, a good album from a band with so many notches in the bed posts it's not even funny.

Album review:

(out of 100, not 25 this time)

75/100 (just because I'm not a big fan of prog-rock, and I found the second half of the album a bit repetitive and does little to keep me hooked for long)
Review: Rush; Snakes And Arrows Review: Rush; Snakes And Arrows Reviewed by Matt Large on Saturday, December 04, 2010 Rating: 5

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