Rush - Clockwork Angels

Published: Mar 27, 2013 Filed under: Rock & Heavy Metal

Clockwork Angels
by Rush

Label: Roadrunner Records
Release Date: June 12, 2012

Rating (out of 5):

Canadian Power Trio Rush Back in Action Like Clockwork

After more than 30 years together Rush continues to knock it out of the park. Concept albums, and Rush for that matter, have gotten a less than mainstream reputation recently, but "Clockwork Angels" is so good that dissenters may change their ways. Clocking in at a little over an hour, Neil Peart, Geddy Lee, and Alex Lifeson take us on a journey deep into the mind of an alchemy and steampunk obsessed young man.

What is important on this album is that even in 2012, Rush can manage to make unique albums. Where other progressive rock bands fell into a niche and stayed there, Rush has prevailed. The album starts with "Caravan" and lyrically prepares you for the ride that will continue throughout the album. From there we go through a variety of "underground" topics. "The Anarchist" gives us an angry, bitter youth looking for something in the chaos. Then comes a journey of deception through "Carnies." Rush seems comfortable with any mood and any topic on the album. Proving this comfort they tackle tracks like "The Wreckers." One of Rush's more melodic tracks, it can be reminiscent of a more technique obsessed U2.

This is not to single out these tracks exclusively. The driving drums of "Clockwork Angel" are certainly a welcome sound, as are the acoustic guitars in "Halo Effect." A band that prides themselves on technically advanced music has done it again. Rush's "Clockwork Angels" stands as a testament that real rock bands don't need no stinkin' radio play to stay on top.

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