Counterparts Hybrid SACD, Limited Edition, SACD
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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.Read more ›
all in all a thumping good album
'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?
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.Read more ›
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Arguably the best Rush album of the nineties gets remastered properly.
Truly one of the most varied and accomplished releases from the Canuck giants....!!!Published 8 months ago by Andy Taylor
Powerful and brilliantly performed. Rush's best heavy rock album.Published 9 months ago by John, Stockton-on-Tees
Excellent album. Even better in SACD. If you are in to RUSH then buy this album.Published 21 months ago by Paul N.
Counterparts is one of my favourite Rush albums. A fledging return of hard rock with a light sprinkling of synthesizer, in-combination with an always focused sophistication in the... Read morePublished on 20 July 2014 by Agma
I loved it the purchase price was great the delivery was good and fast the music. Is great to listen to and brings back good. Times.Published on 20 Jun. 2014 by George Inch
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Rush - Fantastic, nothing more to say. Have them all and love them all, at least until Geddy got his new teeth. Read more