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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting documentary but musically on a plateau., 14 Nov. 2007
This review is from: Snakes & Arrows (European Tour Edition) (Audio CD)
Rush are certainly one of the most talented bands ever, spanning as they now do two generations of rock. The docmentary is very interesting in showing Neil coming out of his "shell" and the addition of a young, fresh producer has clearly been a boon. Still feel, however, that musically they are a bit stuck in a groove which for me has lasted since Counterparts.

Maybe other reviewers will check in to add their comments as to why I still almost never listen to Counterparts, Test for Echo or Vapor Trails. But I will happily listen to the rest regularly.

So I subtract one star as it is still Rush. But something is missing somewhere with this release. Maybe a little more soaring guitar, perhaps even a little synth. After all, one can hardly say Alex was under-employed on Power Windows or Hold Your Fire, both of which I love (particularly for their lyrical content)and which some Rush-heads just don't seem to rate.
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Initial post: 3 Jan 2008 14:04:37 GMT
pmdci says:
Couldn't agree more. I loved the new albums (Vapour Trails, Snakes and Arrows) as it still feels like Rush. In particular Main Monkey Business and The Way The Wind Blows. But I miss the sound of Permanent Waves, Power Windows, Hold Your Fire, Grace Under Pressure and Moving Pictures.

Posted on 29 Dec 2008 13:26:48 GMT
Last edited by the author on 30 Dec 2008 12:59:16 GMT
G. Young says:
Rush has always been about change; the newest album pmdci mentions pre Vapor Trails is Hold Your Fire - an album that is 21 years old! Bear in mind Rush have been accused of 'selling out' on every album release since Permanent Waves (now widely considered, quite rightly, to be one of their best).

I know people who stopped listening after Hemispheres because they deemed the 'new' Rush was too commercial! A lot of fans went crazy when they released Signals and balistic when Grace Under Pressure (another stone cold classic) came out because there were 'too many synthesizers' and Alex had taken a back seat. Absolute nonsense of course as both these records feature some of Alex's best work; The Weapon, Digital Man, Afterimage and Between The Wheels. The synthesizers made their sound more dense, more layered and even more interesting.

This is a band who still tour and do exactly what they want, a band who have released classic album after classic album. I am grateful that they are still creating exciting music, of which I consider Counterparts to be one of the finest.
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