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5.0 out of 5 stars The most approachable Rush album
I think I'd be what's termed an occassional Rush fan. I've made an attempt with quite a few of their albums and have to say this is easily the most catchy and approachable - would I upset true Rush fans by terming it pop rock ? , I hope not. Most of their offerings in my opinion take quite a few listens to get into - they're all 'growers' though. RTB however had me hooked...
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3.0 out of 5 stars so so rush
not a brilliant rush album but some alright tracks. heresy and neurotica are the standouts for me. roll the bones aint bad either.
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5.0 out of 5 stars RUSH KEEP ON GOING !, 2 Mar 2014
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Xcellent album from a legendary band ! They never make a bad album ! rock on forever and ever ! RUSH !
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3.0 out of 5 stars so so rush, 14 Sep 2013
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not a brilliant rush album but some alright tracks. heresy and neurotica are the standouts for me. roll the bones aint bad either.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Intro to Rush, 7 Aug 2011
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There are times when you get to like certain music by word of mouth, from the radio, from web sites and so on. One thing that takes some beating, however, is when you go into a record shop and hear some music and think "Wow! I like that". This is how I came accross this album. The track that clinched was "Ghost of a Chance" - I was really taken by it's sparkly production, just set off fireworks in my imagination. I had to jot down some of the lyrics and do a web search of who performed. I have listened to it online and think this is rather good. Yep, I'm going to buy the cd, sorry Amazon, I owe the record shop a favour!
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of their later albums, 6 April 2010
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This is one of their better later albums with most of the tracks being good with a few excerptions Dreamline and Face up which are very good. I have noticed that a lot of their earlier albums are now being remastered which I find it hard to think how they could make any of their albums better as they were always very well produced in the first place.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars taking Presto one step further, 29 April 2012
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Roll the Bones this was almost the first album that I heard by Rush I was just finding out about Rush and trying to decide which album to buy first in the end I bought moving pictures, 2112, roll the bones, counterparts, and hemisphere and farewell to kings to begin with.

After listening to the other albums I listened to this album and was Surprised and impressed at the Apparently sudden change ( I had not heard any of the 80's period albums except moving pictures)

I also thought the production was great and spacious. I find this album a bit more enjoyable than Presto and more catchy and the production is slightly less like 80's production it contains what are now some classics like dreamline and Bravado and roll the bones all great tracks. I like the instrumental Where's my thing too, its a really good album again nice crisp drums and bass and fun energetic playful guitar work, and a little bit of synth but not loads like 80's albums.
the songs on this album are heavier than presto but still have a jingly jangly feel to them.

its like a nice mix of 80's and 90's Rush its got a nice solo in the dreamline song too check it out,
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "...Fate is just the way of circumstances...", 31 Aug 2003
This review is from: ROLL THE BONES (Audio CD)
"Roll the bones" is a good Rush album.This is not very good,it is not a masterpiece or a classic album, but still it contains good music...I really was a bit afraid of it, as i heard some bad reviews and i saw the video of "Roll the bones" which was too popy and simply too funny to be a rush video....
But as i bought this album i wan't dissapointed with the songs...While, let's say, "MOVING PICTURES" were a spaceship, launching into rock pantheon galaxy,filled with wonderfull classic songs then "ROLL THE BONES" is a concorde plane, smooth, smaller, ultra fast and nice looking...But too small for flying into space...The bad think is that the production is poor - There is almost no Bass, guitars are light and drums are sounding too polished...
1) "DREAMLINE" - a great opening tune,fast rocker with great chorus.A classic Rush song about Young people who want to escape from the biter reality - "...she's a list of cheap motels,all along the highway...He's got a sister in vegas,promise of a decent job...".Nice guitar riff.Just a solid rock song...5/5
2) "BRAVADO" - A beautifull ballad, propably the best song from album...very moving lyrics and charming guitar solo...
"...We will pay the price, but we will not count the costs..."
5/5
3) "ROLL THE BONES" - Funky rock song about Fate and World's way,extremly cool bass line and Ultra-catchy chorus are making it another great song...Kind of a joke is a Rap Section after guitar solo which is funny...really amusing idea.all song is great and it is one of the tracks that you can't stop singing......5/5
4) "FACE UP" - short very fast rock song about fears and people's psychic.very good guitar works, good song but nothing really special 4/5
5) "WHERE'S MY THING (PART IV OF GANGSTER OF BOATS TRILOGY)" - the title is a joke...It is instrumental song with nice bass/guitar/drums playing,it has got a bit jazzy groove in some moments...very nice suprise on this album... 4/5
6) "THE BIG WHEELS" - this one is about childhood and slowly becoming more older...very good song with unforgettable lyrics and Cool guitar riff in verses.it's aongst my favourites from here 5/5
7) "HERESY" - a slower song starting with military drums sequence.It is about changes in europe after eighties,the collapse of Berlin wall,end of communism...it is not some really catchy or brilliant song, but it is still good and worth of listening 3,5/4
8) "GHOST OF A CHANCE" - Much more delicate song with great riff...chorus contrasts with slow and delicate verses...almost a love song...interesting track... 4/5
9) "NEUROTICA" - Fantastic Typical Rush song with groovy bass line and Marvelous Chorus that will not leave your head for long long time.Gives back the power to this album after a bit boring "Heresy" and gentler "Ghost of a chance"..this is another song aobut mind troubles and a man lost in his imagination... "it's just psychotica, neurotica..." what can i say more,awesome solo...Phenomenal song, turn it up loud!!! 5/5
10) "YOU BET YOUR LIFE" - Nice song,not so impressive as "Bravado" or "Neurotica" but a positive one for an ending...without complicated riffs or special effects,simple pop-rock song with interesting lyrics about new trends and styles...(The band would loose over 50% of it's power without Neill Peart's fantasy...). Repeated phrases are nice bonus here... 4/5
In the end - this is definitly not Rush classic album (has definitly too bright sound which ruins it in some moments - if the production would be as on earlier Rush albums, i would give 5 stars to it...) but contains great songs...if you are even not fammiliar to rush i am sure you will like this,and i think this could be even in my private Rush top ten....Well, a good solid Rush album!!!!
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rush Roll (The Bones) Into The Nineties, 7 Mar 2000
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This was Rush's first album of the nineties and a harder edge was starting to re-appear in their music. If you mixed their politico-prog of the seventies and synth-symph-rock of the eighties you'd probably come out with their nineties albums.

From the outset, lead-off track "Dreamline", Rush tell you they've re-discovered guitarist Alex Lifeson (probably hiding in a keyboard flight case since 1981) and set the ball rolling (the bones...). "Bravado" is probably the best track here, but "Ghost of a Chance" also stands out as a less "cerebral" song. The instrumental "Where's My Thing" is a well constructed piece - not an epic, but in line with their stripped down song structures of the time and it has some good hooks. "The Big Wheel" contains one of Geddy Lee's best vocals and the harmonies that pop up during the album add another facet to the band's sound.

There is an overwhelming optimism running through this album and the band really do sound fresh. The album's theme of gambling and risk taking is something that the band themselves seem to be doing - there's even some (awful) rapping in the title track! Overall, its a transitory album that, when looked at in the context of their recorded material, shows the progressive influence coming back and Lee's keyboards leaving more space for Lifeson's guitars.

The album is let down by the dreadful "Heresy". The Eastern Bloc collapsed and Neil Peart, Ayn Rand book in hand, writes "I told you so" all over the Berlin wall. It's probably the most overtly political Rush ever got (yes, even more than on 2112! ) and I hope its like is never recorded again! It really takes the shine off a great album.

The closing two tracks point the way for succeeding albums and again find the guitars pushing the songs along. "Neurotica" has a really hooky riff in the middle and the backing lyrics at the end of "You Bet Your Life" are well worth a read! This and follow-up "Counterparts" finally pull all the complex strands of the band's constantly evolving sound (and history) together, but this one might only be for completists.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you do in life... is a gamble, 11 July 2004
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Bad news first - this is a concept album. Ohhhh Deeeaarrrr...
But wait! It's a concept album full of really good tunes! Most of the lyrics actually make sense!
Okay, rewind... Why is this one of my favourite albums?
1) Because when this good ol' Canadian power trio are on their game, they really can put a big tick in the box marked "Rock". Several of the tracks on this album feel written for playing LOUD, just to enjoy the groove they get into. However, that's true of almost every other Rush album, so we come to:
2) Because the concept here is a fundamental aspect of human existence and they frame it as a live issue, not some dead philosophical construct. In a nutshell, EVERY SINGLE DECISION YOU MAKE CHANGES THE REST OF YOUR LIFE FOREVER.
(Disclaimer: if you believe in an omnipotent being who directs everything you do, this is not the album for you.)
(Disclaimer to the disclaimer: if you believe in an omnipotent being who does NOT direct everything you do, but is still interested in what you do anyway, this album works just fine.)
This record seethes with the peril and reward of Choice. We all get dealt our hand in the card game of Probability, which always pays out to someone and never lets you place your bets a second time. Choose well, and you can make of your life the most it can be. Choose badly, and you will never, ever get another chance. Oh, and in a line from an older Rush song - "If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice."
That's all very well, but this is intended to be an album of rock music in the genre "popular". Existentialist philosophy does not often feature in those charts. However, I am happy to report that, although this is not Rush's finest hour musically, there is still plenty of seriously good music here. Occasionally it all comes together, most completely on "Bravado" - a song which features both the achingly poignant line "We will pay the price, but we will not count the cost" and some of this band's best ever melody writing.
If you generally like Rush's stuff, or have a taste for intelligent rock music, I think there's a good chance you'll like this album. If this record gels with the way you look at the world, it may have a totally disproportionate effect on you, causing you to rate it as one of the best albums anywhere ever.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is possibly Rush's finest album to date., 2 April 2007
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When I purchased this album around the time it first came out, around 1991-1992, I played it constantly quite a few times. Now I play it whenever I'm getting ready to go out in the evenings. Not many bands in this world have a lyricist for a drummer like Rush do in Neil Peart. I think that this album is possibly their best to date.

It's filled with great tracks including a sensational instrumental, 'Where's My Thing' featuring a couple of segments for Neil Peart, Rush's outstanding drummer, to flourish his skills and shows us what he could do. Other decent tracks are the gorgeous 'Bravado', featuring a beautiful guitar riff by Alex Lifeson, possibly my favourite, and 'You Bet Your Life' with the multi-layered voices in the chorus and also 'Ghost of A Chance'.

This album is full of wonderful ideas and pulls them off with gusto. Neil Peart on drums is a wizard with two sticks. It doesn't matter if he's playing the electric drums or the ordinary drums, he seems to make them speak. I remember seeing Rush live in 1992 at Wembley Arena and they did an instrumental bit. Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee walked off stage leaving the drummer to do his bit. It was awesome. Just watching his solo for 6 and a half minutes was something else.

On all the tracks, the drummer does great stuff. On the gentler tracks such as 'Bravado' and 'Ghost Of A Chance', he can be subtle and gingerly, and on the more rockier tracks such as 'Face Up' and 'Where's My Thing', he plays them with more force. Geddy Lee on bass and keyboards is the beat that feeds the life into Rush along with the others. One of the best albums of the 90's by a long way.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ace, 5 Sep 2007
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Listening to Rush's albums chronologically, it's clear to see where Roll the Bones fits in. After the magnificent Vapour Trails and Presto, I think that RTB is the last consistently good album until the new release of Snakes and Arrows - Feedback doens't count cos it ain't their songs. Dreamline is possibly one of the finest songs they've ever written, and the rest of the album - as so rightly pointed out before me - is great from the first listen, although still benefits from repeat playings. Anthemic live, the skeleton rap in the middle of the title track is magnificent. A fine starting point if you're new to the whole prog rock scene, and more accessible than some of the older and more complex(?) albums like 2112.
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