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Rush Snakes and arrows,
This review is from: Snakes & Arrows [Jewelcase Version] (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. Neils drums introduce "The way the wind blows" ( probably my favourite at the moment) starting with a Claptonesque circa Crossroads guitar intro morphing into a Page like riff and returning to Clapton for the solo and finishing it with another Page like guitar figure while sounding a bit like " Freewill " in the chorus!
" Hope " is a short(Page like) acoustic guitar instrumental.
"Faithless" another great track with an Eastern Zeppelin feel to it. Great guitar solo again. Although there are all these influences on this album it is still sounds like Rush.
"Bravest Face and "Good news" are more reminicent of some of the more contemporary Rush albums and are great although not so instant.
"Malignant Narcissmn" another great instrumental the third on this album ! driven along by Geddy's bass and Neil's drums preceeds the final track " We hold on " another triumph for Lifeson, he has rarely sounded so exuberant. This is really the most enjoyable album Rush have released for years they have thrown everything that is great about their music over the last 30 years into a melting pot and the result is a richer,warmer, fresher multilayered masterpiece. There is really something for all Rush fans here and if you loved the old stuff you will enjoy it but the fans of contemporary Rush will not be dissappointed either it still sounds as modern as anything out there.