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SNAKES & ARROWS

Rush

 

Heavy Prog

3.58 | 737 ratings

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The Crow
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4 stars Solid, interensting and mature Rush's last studio album...

And a very worthy one speaking of this great band! The truly symphonic and progressive years are gone... And except a pair of tracks, what we have here is a good rock album, with only a few progressive elements. But the quality of this outstanding trio of musicians is still here, of course. It's incredible hearing this group of dinosaurs making this fresh, original and powerful music! You only have to give a listening to Far Cry to notice... A lot of younger bands sound more tired and they lack the good ideas that Rush have!

The album style follows the paths of later releases... It's not really different from Test for Echo, for example. Maybe not so riff oriented and more diversified and complex, with longer songs and more intrincated instrumentation. Maybe the lyrics are also a little more introspective... Some of this lyrics are great: Far Cry, A Larger Bowl, Bravest Face... Good job on lyrics again, Mr. Peart!

Another highlight of the album is the production... Relly impressive sound. Every sound track fits really perfect, specially bass and guitars. This is just one of the best musical productions I've heard in the last years. This marvellous sound of course helps to increase the good level of almost all the songs included in Snakes and Arrows.

Best songs: I think Spindrift is the only weak track in the album... The rest of the songs are pretty good. This is an album you can hear from beginning to the end without any interruption! If we talk about the composition, maybe the chorus of each song is the best fact... Good News First, Faithless, Armor and Sword, Far Cry... Really catchy! They will be in your head a long time...

Conclusion: splendid rock album made by the best trio in the history of music... Powerful, with deep lyrics and outstanding production, Rush released another first class album last year. Maybe it needs a pair of close listenings to starting to appreciate the details and quality of the songs... But once you've done it, you will realise that you're not able to stop hearing it. Great!

My rating: ****

The Crow | 4/5 |

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