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The musicianship is quite simply stunning, Alex Lifeson's guitar seems to weave around and through Neil's percussion without ever saturating the proceedings. These guys are at the top of their game and they know it. There is not one duff track, "Animate" is as strident an opening track as anything they have done until now. "Stick It Out" is more of the same, a dark yet energised song that takes us to I feel the album's strongest track "Cut To The Chase" which has a gem of a solo from Alex, he has rarely sounded this assured.
"Nobody's Hero" features the orchestral sweeps of the late great Michael Kamen and touches on topics as diverse as homosexuality and rape. An extraordinary song that leaves an emotional impact and will surely be on your mind for the rest of the day. The next 4 tracks "Between The Sun & The Moon", "Alien Shore", "The Speed of Love" and "Double Agent" are dark statements of intent, infused with infectious driving rhythms and ingenious wordy lyrics.
Then we have the one instrumental piece of the album "Leave That Thing Alone" that sounds almost like the theme from Doctor Who in places. It gives the band the chance to open up and show us what they are all about. Geddy's bass is right up in the mix and shows us all what a stupendous player he is.Read more ›