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4 stars Strangely enough, Roll the Bones is among my favorite Rush albums. Alex Lifeson's guitars are much more prominent this time around, as the synthesizers become much more atmospheric, helping to set the mood. I was especially impressed with that aspect of the music on this album. As always, Geddy Lee, Lifeson, and Neil Peart are impressive instrumentalists, even as they continue to get older. This one took a few more lessons than other albums, but it has become one of my more frequently listened to Rush albums. Lyrically, Peart continues to be one of the most accomplished in rock, even if it appears he doesn't take on as many groundbreaking concepts this time around (wait until Counterparts to really get something in that vein). Nonetheless, Peart writes on a more mystical and introspective level on this album, often talking about fantasies, the "game" of life, and spiritual stuff this time around. "Dreamline" is an outstanding opener, followed by my favorite on here "Bravado," and the title track. Those three alone make this album worth the purchase, even with that little amusing rap in "Roll the Bones" by Geddy-boy himself. Other favorites are "The Big Wheel" and "Ghost of a Chance," though none of the tracks will let you down, including their first instrumental in ten years ("Where's My Thing") as their main showoff exhibition. They may not pull as many time changes as they used to, but Rush still has something left in the tank, and they pool together their resources well on this album. Way to "Roll the Bones," guys (excuse the corny nature of that one, please).
CVoss | 4/5 |


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