RUSH's new album CLOCKWORK ANGELS is out and as the title of this article says......its a new concept album and IT IS EPIC!!
WOW...I listened to this album 3 times today and it gets better each time I listen to it! I have read reviews comparing this album to 2112, but its more in the line of the previously released Hemispheres.
Layered, dynamic, intense and diverse, this entire album does not disappoint.
From the cover photo that has a clock set at 9:12 (21:12 military time), to the steampunk, futuristic theme, to the music soundtrack, Clockwork Angels is a RUSH fans dream.
2 songs that were previously released (Caravan and BU2B) now start this set and make a ton more sense in the scheme of the album. You are then taken on a journey that grips you, pulls you in, and then, with the last track (The Garden), releases you to take in the experience of possibly the perfect RUSH album.
Most bands that have remained active this long begin to become caricatures of themselves by the time they reach RUSH's tenure, but Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart have only let their experience and incredible talent lead their music to new heights. Like fine wine, age has only made it better.
With a novel tie in on the way by sci fi novelist Kevin J Anderson (look for that review later) this album will keep steamrolling forward!
I have been a RUSH fan since a very little kid thanks to my cousin, THANKS MARK :), having listened and experience most of their career, one that inspired me to become a musician and pick up the Bass , THANKS GEDDY :), I have to say that I could not have expected more form Clockwork Angels and Epic does not do it justice.
Clockwork Angels is what musicians should aspire to. Take experience, talent and unbelievable longevity, and continue to make masterpieces instead of cashing checks.
This fan says, "Thank you for having enough integrity to be musicians in every sense and put forth such extraordinary effort, so that at least in this fans opinion, the experience of being a RUSH fan is not lost, only intensified."
I'll see them this fall in Buffalo and cannot wait, it should be quite an experience!!