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Rush

 

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2.81 | 171 ratings

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Cygnus X-2
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2 stars When I heard that Rush was going back into the studio before their 30th Anniversary Tour, I thought that they were going to crank out another top notch studio effort of original songs. Instead, they decided to take it easy and cover some of their influences. What you get here is essentially a Blues/Hard Rock album that features The Who, Cream, The Yardbirds, and Buffalo Springfield, among others.

Summertime Blues opens with some nice feedback (no pun intended), and quickly becomes a very heavy version of the Blue Cheer cover of Eddie Cochran's original. What's lacking from this version is the extra vocal punch right before the chorus, instead covered up with more thunderous guitar. Heart Full of Soul is a very nice version of the Yardbirds original. Lifeson really sounds like Jeff Beck on this track, and it is executed perfectly. The Seeker is an obscure Who single that was released before shortly after Live at Leeds was released. The version that they play here is very similar to the Who version, it only lacks that Roger Daltrey punch. Geddy performs the bass line perfectly while singing the vocals. For What It's Worth is the seminal Buffalo Springfield track. Again, the musicianship is spot on, but it just doesn't have the same feel as it did all those years ago. The last track worth mentioning is Crossroads, which is one of the most recognized songs in Rock and Roll, covered originally by the Supergroup Cream. The version played here is spot on to the original, and this one feels just like the original, only heavier.

Overall, there are some nice tracks on this album. But personally, I don't feel it is necessary to own this album. It seems as if Rush was trying to make a quick buck before their tour. Still, any fan of Rush probably already owns this. I don't recommend it to anyone who is just getting into Rush, though. Definitely for fans only. 2.5/5.

Cygnus X-2 | 2/5 |

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