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COUNTERPARTS

Rush

 

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3.77 | 662 ratings

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Conor Fynes
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5 stars 'Counterparts' - Rush (9/10)

Boy, was this a suprise... Generally bands that are out and active as long as Rush are pretty much hopeless in terms of making an album that matches up to the phantasm of their classic works. Well, this is what 'Counterparts' is. A fantastic work that could rival most of their traditionally considered 'essential' works, and a fair contender for my favourite Rush album (possibly losing only to Moving Pictures.)

What makes this album so amazing? It's definately not a highly progressive album by any measure. There aren't any epics here; just regular songs, with pretty conventional songwriting. There aren't any virtuoso guitar solos, or some concept behind the music that ties it together as a masterpiece. It's simply for the MUSIC. While it's pretty modern rock for Rush, it's still not something that I would quickly simply want to characterize. It's just music, and very honest music at that. Instead of trying to go all epic and ahead of the times, Rush has composed an album that's sincere.

The flow and songwriting are both great, and compliment each other very nicely. The music is beautiful without losing it's teeth, and the lyrics don't try to be all cryptic. They simply tell stories. And to add to the mix, there's an occasional prog section to liven things up.

'Counterparts' is fantastic. The band is in top form here. It works together both as a single work of music and as individual strong songs. Uncompromised, honest enjoyment.

Conor Fynes | 5/5 |

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