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  • Audio CD (30 April 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: ATLANTIC
  • ASIN: B000OCZ8C4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  DVD Audio  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,683 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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n. dischi1data27 aprile 2007supportocd audiogenerehard rock e metalbrani1. far cry2. armor & sword3. workin? them angels4. the larger bowl5. spindrift6. the main monkey business7. the way the wind blows8. hope9. faithless10. bravest face11. good news first12. malignant narcissism13. we hold on

A return to their former glory days, Snakes and Arrows shows this seminal prog rock band reclaiming some of the sonic territory that they'd lost over the past few years. It's not certain what contributed to this artistic rebirth, but Rush has crafted a historical and emotional odyssey that shows many both where they've been and where they're going--from the baroque soundscapes of "The Main Monkey Business," reminiscent of their earliest work to the seductive almost folkloric urgency of "The Way the Wind Blows," which is as dangerous, anxious, and prophetic as anything that Arcade Fire or Mars Volta is doing currently. Main Lyricist Neal Peart has spent the last decade getting over the death of his wife and daughter, and those tragic events have given his songwriting more depth and gravity as he explores the strengths and limitations of faith in both metaphoric and literal detail. While never didactic or ponderous, this disc is really an instruction manual for how one conducts themselves with grace and hope through unendurable pain and the vagaries of life. Gone is much of the shrillness of their earlier incarnations--Geddy Lee's trademark high pitch shrieks have mellowed considerably and Alex Lifesong's guitar playing has an assurance and freedom that can only come with age. --Jaan Uhelszki

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Reah on 1 Dec. 2007
Format: Audio CD
having discovered rush when turning 18. i think it is safe to say i am a fan. as with most rush fans (i think) the albums up to permanant waves were there best work. and i tend to like the longer tracks such as xanadu. but i have to say that this album is a classic album. there are no weak tracks in my opinion. you are straight into the album with the excellant FAR CRY with drumming from mr peart. this is followed by the fantastic Armour and Sword with the great acoustic and driving guitar pieces. then onto Working Them Angels which is another superb track, with a mix of acoustic and driving giutar and the excellant mandelin piece. track 4 is the Larger Bowl which has a more acoustic tone to it,but still has a true mix of of excellant guitar drums and geddy'S brillant voice. then it is on to my personal favorite at the minute which is Spindrift. from the quite intro through to driving drums and the awesome vocals and once again the superb guitar work of alex this is an awesome piece of music, as is the first instrumental that follows The Main Monkey Buiness just awesome from start to finish a close 2nd to Spindrift. The Way The Wind Blows sees alex's guitar playing at its best from the blueses start to the acoustic parts fantastic. and there is just one word to describe Hope the next track it is an acoustic pleasure. track 9 Faithless again has all the elements of a cracking track with guitar drums and vocals at there best, and lyrics that we all relate to in some way. so on to Bravest Face which again is slightly on the quiter side no less powerful with excellant lyrics again. Good News First is again a showcase of fantastic guitar work from alex. the next track is the excellant Malignant Narcissim which is driven along by the excellant geddy on bass.Read more ›
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By J. Knowles on 23 April 2007
Format: Audio CD
I have always looked forward to new releases from Rush having seen them in 1978 (and bought all their albums since).Although they have evolved considerably since then there are distant echoes of early Rush on this recording . The opener "Far Cry " the single is a great opener with a classic strident riff from Lifeson and wonderful layers of acoustic and electric wah wah running through it. Alex Lifeson really steps out on this album and produces some of the best guitar work of his career which is really saying something as I believe he is one of the most interesting and accomplished guitar players around.

The "Armour and the Sword" harks back to Permanent Waves with swathes of acoustic guitar and a strong metallic riff.

"Workin them Angels " is a highlight with great vocals from Geddy and magnificent drumming from Neil Peart. I think I can even hear a mandolin in the middle section.

"The larger bowl " another classic rush that harks back to "Farewell to kings" and "Permanent waves"

There is lots more acoustic guitar which I feel has been missing from more recent releases and it creates more texture and contrast to the sound.

"Spindrift" a menacing rocker is ok and is followed by the instrumental " The Main Monkey buisness" which I feel is one of the highlights of this album, pounding bass and drums with wailing guitar and acoustic 12 string in the background. This track is what Simple minds would have sounded like if they had become a hard rock band.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. Young on 5 Feb. 2011
Format: Audio CD
For me, this is the best Rush album since Counterparts, hands down. Within Snakes and Arrows there lies an array of quality songs, this is a very lush sounding album, perhaps their best production treatment since Power Windows. I would like to make it clear however that this is an album that needs multiple listens to really take root within the listener's imagination. I would even go as far as to say that this is has become one of my very favourite Rush albums. It is an absolute pleasure to hear acoustic guitars used to layer and add texture to this rich and colourful record. I do miss the synthesizers however and really wish that they would bring them back, (although there is some excellent use of the mellotron on several tracks) at least to a certain extent, as they can lend an extra level of excitement and power to the Rush sound. I have always felt that with Presto, Roll The Bones and Counterparts, the balance between band and keyboards was almost perfect; The Pass, Bravado and Animate are good examples of this 'blending' of electronic and acoustic instruments.

The songs are all first rate. From the quiet, slow building power of The Larger Bowl, to the intricate musicianships of Armour and Sword, Rush demonstrate that they are still masters of progressive rock. The Main Monkey Business is one of the best pieces of music that Rush has ever produced, a beautiful, exciting and evocative instrumental that is on a new musical plateau, even for Rush. The Way The Wind Blows is another highlight and is, again, one of the finest pieces of music the band has ever created. The lyric, "Like a solitary pine, on a bare, wind blasted shore..." is pure poetry and is one of Neil Peart's very best. Also, from Armour and Sword, "No one gets to their heaven without a fight...
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