FINALLY finished my first draft of report cards... quite possibly the most meaningless garbage I have ever written (see rant here). In any case, what better way to celebrate than with the NEW RUSH ALBUM??!!!
Clockwork Angels came out
on Tuesday, and did not disappoint!
Being a drummer, I of course tuned my ears primarily onto ze drums, and
was well pleased with Peart's loud, trashy cymbals, feather light brush
work, and general musicianship on the kit.
As for the music as a whole, what can I say? It's good shit. I love me
a little "RAAASH, Kanada!" (oops, sorry, long story from the days of my
youth, involving a summer work camp in Germany... perhaps I will blog about it
sometime, but not today).
The title track was at times a little Neal Morse-esque, which had the
pleasant side effect of reminding me Mike Portnoy, of another favourite
drummer of mine.
Other tracks were typical (in a good way) of the band's flavour, with
Geddy's unmistakable vocals and funky basslines defining -- along with
Lifeson ad Peart -- that Rush sound we lifelong fans love so much.
I can't pick out a favourite on first listen, though I definitely like the first tune on the album. And "The Garden", a ballad of sorts, is also quite poetic... "Time is still the infinite jest", writes Peart (I assume, since he typically writes most of the band's lyrics), "The treasure of a life is a measure of love and respect". Yea, no kidding!
They are older and wiser, now, these three boys, but they still know how to ROCK IT! (Actually, they probably rock it better now, because they not only have their 10 thousand hours in, but they also just have so much more to write/sing/play about now, having been together for so long, and journeyed through so much "life" together.)
I sure am looking forward to the concert in October!!!