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SNAKES & ARROWS

Rush

 

Heavy Prog

3.60 | 720 ratings

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Menswear
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4 stars Such a lot of pain on the earth.

When Neil Peart was a young adult, his thoughts were already profound, or at least, his intense sessions of reading made great poetry. Neil thought like a contemporary young man: the future, science fiction and the fading environnement. Now heading towards his late 50's,Neil talks about his vision of a changing world and he's still very personnal while talking about his lack of faith in religion and the scary world we live in....'some are blessed and some are cursed, the golden one or scarred from birth...such a lot of pain, such a lot of pain on the earth.'

When Geddy and Alex were young adults, they were heading towards pedal to the metal music. They were ratherly loud and/or aggressive and aiming for 'how complicated can I make this'. Now, well look at that the punch level, it's heading towards 'beautiful' and less towards 'complexity'. Artists are aging, their values are evolving and like to take it more slowly, appreciating life and family (the important stuff). Alex and Geddy are mixing blue and red again, reserving time to rock (far cry and malignant narcissisim), time to be complex (the main monkey buisness) and time to think (fatihless, larger bowl and hope).

Snakes and arrows is not a step backwards to Test For Echo or Presto but a step aside what we know from them. It's an album that demands time to let it grow into you, especially is you're addicted to the Farewell to Moving Pictures period.

There's a time for everything and with this record...it's for changing.

Menswear | 4/5 |

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