8 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Much too much info.,
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This review is from: Clockwork Angels Tour (Audio CD)
Great performance-as usual. Much better singing than on the "Live in Cleveland". CD1 is mostly songs from the 80's which will not please everyone...Whatever, they're played fantastically!
CD2 is Rush playing their new songs from Clockwork angels with the addition of strings (played by Live musicians). The result is really good, but the music of Rush is already so "full" and complex that the addition of an extra 8 or 10 musicians makes it even more muddier. There are too many details and not enough sonic space. Funally enough when I saw them Live on this tour, the first set was worse (soundwise) than the second. On Cd, the CA set can be very intense, too intense! Neil Peart 's drumming often disappears under the layers of strings, guitars, keyboards and effects. The drums sound is by moment very weak, sometimes inexistant!
CD3 are basically the encores (with and without strings) plus various bonus tracks (rarely played Live or soundcheck version).
The overall sound is much too crowded, they should really go for a cleaner and a bit more "simple" way of playing their songs. I had the same feeling at the concert itself. After all, in the concert environment, we don't need all the effects and samplings they use in the studio, especially when it kills the sound of the drums.I don't understand that need to fill every second of each song with so many information. There's barely any room to breathe.
This is probably the worst sounding Rush Live album. Too bad because the setlist is pretty cool.