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  • Audio CD
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, Limited Edition, SACD
  • Label: Audio Fidelity
  • ASIN: B00A93ENX8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,212 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This received a tepid response from critics upon release but I can't think why, this is a brilliant return to form for this Canadian power trio. The guitars are right back upfront and the drumming throughout is of the highest quality. Geddy's bass pulses and throbs and his high-pitched vocals seem to set everything off perfectly. This is classic Rush.
The musicianship is quite simply stunning, Alex Lifeson's guitar seems to weave around and through Neil's percussion without ever saturating the proceedings. These guys are at the top of their game and they know it. There is not one duff track, "Animate" is as strident an opening track as anything they have done until now. "Stick It Out" is more of the same, a dark yet energised song that takes us to I feel the album's strongest track "Cut To The Chase" which has a gem of a solo from Alex, he has rarely sounded this assured.
"Nobody's Hero" features the orchestral sweeps of the late great Michael Kamen and touches on topics as diverse as homosexuality and rape. An extraordinary song that leaves an emotional impact and will surely be on your mind for the rest of the day. The next 4 tracks "Between The Sun & The Moon", "Alien Shore", "The Speed of Love" and "Double Agent" are dark statements of intent, infused with infectious driving rhythms and ingenious wordy lyrics.
Then we have the one instrumental piece of the album "Leave That Thing Alone" that sounds almost like the theme from Doctor Who in places. It gives the band the chance to open up and show us what they are all about. Geddy's bass is right up in the mix and shows us all what a stupendous player he is.
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my top 3 from counterparts: animate, leave that thing alone and stick it out. three of my favourite tracks of all time and with good reason. they're the kind of thing that anyone with a brain can get into but without being tame. animate, which deals with the relationships between men and women, may sound dodgy at first but we have to realise this song is in praise of women, a description of everything a woman is to a man. musically it is impossible to resist. leave that thing alone blows me away every time i hear it. it's emotionally stimulating and i for one get goosebumps when i hear it. on stick it out we hear the heavy side of rush. any young person will learn from these lyrics and i am no exception.
all in all a thumping good album
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Rush are always pacey and compelling, but in 'Counterparts' they encompass an impressive range of moods and feelings, with relatively little variation in style.
'Nobody's Hero' plays like a blues track, despite its triumphal style, 'Alien Shore' is typical of Rush's non-cenceptual work, but 'Everyday Glory' sends shivers down my spine every time I hear it.
It's upbeat, it's good, and it's Rush. What more do you want?
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Counterparts is a fantastic album, and probably one of Rush's finest.

I believe Power Windows (which I got in the late 80s) to be one of the best albums EVER recorded, but was led to think (at the time) it was an atypical Rush album so I didn't get any of their others. Recently I put that hideous error right and got their entire back catalog. Oh my God, what the hell had I missed all this time! EVERY album from 2112 to Counterparts is just incredible. The variation in music style, the chops, and the quality of the songs is simply mind blowing. Rush are one of the BEST bands to ever have walked the face of the earth.

After the synth-pop-rock perfection of PW and Hold Your Fire, Rush reverted back to a harder and more conventional Rock sound with Presto and Roll the Bones. These two albums had great songs, and very melodic catchy tunes too, but they were seriously let down by a very thin and bass-lite mix down (an issue well known to Rush fans). This was quite surprising following the stunning production of PW and HYF, which while both very 'clean sounding' records nevertheless had real punch, dynamic range and an even spread of frequencies in the mix (just check out The Big Money – POW!).

Well, the poor mixes of Presto and RTB were put right with Counterparts. The final mix is superb, being crystal clear with a superb sound field and all instruments from bass to hi hat sounding full and energetic. I have the 2004 Rush-Remaster version of Counterparts. As I don't own a copy of the first CD (i.e. the original 1993 CD mastering) I don't know have a reference to judge what was done in the remastering of the original studio master, but they certainly have not compressed it too much (often done on re-masters) or over EQ'd anywhere.
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I'm not sufficiently musically literate to be able to tell anyone cogently why this is a good / brilliant album. I admit that. I just like it. It seems a very energetic, complex and thoughtful work. I think it's very creative, imaginative and mature - the songs stay with me. I hope others agree. I do love Rush and always have since the 1970's.
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