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2 stars What do you think about Clockwork Angels? If you believe it's the greatest Rush album since ...(write your fav) then you'll love this DVD.

What do you think of Rush''s 80's? If you believe that's the best decade for the band then this DVD will bring a lot of emotions that you didn't feel since A show of Hands.

For me, a sensible person that knows that the 4 synth albums of the 80's together can't beat any single one from the first eight releases, it was with mixed feelings and reluctance that I finally bought this DVD. Most for my son than for me, I must say.

The older song in this album is from 1980, apart from the snippet of 2112. If Hemispheres is the prog pinnacle on Rush's career it means that we won't hear here (cacophatus?) any of the songs that build the Rush legacy. The question is: why? For variety on the set list (well I don't remember what was the last time I saw/heard anything grom CoS in video, apart from the brief intro of Bastille day in R30)?I don't think so.

Sadly I believe that after the fiasco of Geddy's voice in the last tour and DVD they choose to play safe, leaving behind all that he's not capable of singing anymore. What this means is that My Rush is dead - at least in the set list. The result is evidently better in terms of Geddy's vocals. Everybody grows old and his is the most fragile instrument of the band - the human voice.

I understand and respect this choice but it makes the selection of the songs for this DVD a big failure. Good production, tight band and good vocals - but Rush's masterpieces were almost totally forgotten.

From the albums released after the band's reunion, Clockwork Angels is IMO the weaker one. Vapor Trails beats the majority of the 90's and all 80's with its rage and fury, Snakes & Arrows was a little bit weaker and this last one is irrelevant. The strings just make the things worse. Pity.

Final question: how can a pop artist get old without becoming a parody of himself - forgeting his early work? Since S&A tour Rush is trying to answer this question this way. I'm so sorry for them but the best thing from Rush in DVD is the R30 intro what makes clear for what they will be remembered. 2 and half stars.

moodyxadi | 2/5 |


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