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2 stars Universal facepalm...

In 2011 Metallica released their catastrophic collaboration with Lou Reed. In 2009 Dream Theater excreted some pseudo-growl on the aptly named, "A Nightmare to Remember". In 1984 Magma flirted with euro-disco on the opening track of their Merci album. In 1986 Genesis hit rock bottom and wrote "In too Deep". And in 1991 Rush reached out to the younger generation with a heavily processed hip hop breakdown.

Sooner or later just about every prolific band will have a moment of madness where they throw the rulebook out the window, only for a freak gust to blow it back up and slap them right in the face. Some are hilarious, some ruin otherwise decent records, but more often than not they're just downright cringeworthy.

The rap spiel at the end of Roll the Bones definitely falls into the latter category, but does it tarnish the rest of the song? Not really. The title track is actually pretty decent up until that point. The album as a whole is one of Rush's more pop orientated releases, but if I compare it to something like 90125 it falls short, simply because of a lack of consistency. For every Dreamline, The Big Wheel or Ghost of a Chance their is also a Bravado, Heresy or Neurotica. Roll the Bones also features Where's My Thing? which was Rush's first instrumental track for ten years. Its actually a pretty cool piece but lost out on a grammy to Eric Johnson's "Cliffs of Dover" (and deservedly so!)

The Verdict: A strong two stars.

Starhammer | 2/5 |


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