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    Posted: July 22 2014 at 01:06
^ yep and I find the last 3 albums all very enjoyable. They try really hard and that has to be commended.
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Originally posted by richardh richardh wrote:

Weird that no one up to now has mentioned Rush. They have also had exactly the same line up for 40 years and still putting out quality albums. OK they may be 3-4 star albums rather than 4-5 star albums but I can live with that.
Agreed. Especially since most people prefer the 2000's-2010's material over their 1990's albums. Prime example.


Indeed. Actually, overall, Clockwork Angels may just as well be my favourite Rush album.

Maybe it's because I'm not so young and impressionable anymore but I prefer older Rush to newer Rush. The last album to truly resonate with me was Presto. Counterparts is probably next. Clockwork Angels is a good album. Lights years better than either Vapor Trails or Snakes & Arrows


Well, I guess I could say I am rather new to Rush, the last few years, but I did get all their 70's albums (up to Moving Pictures) before Clockwork Angels was released (besides those albums, I have a pair of live albums, but just about nothing else from Moving Pictures up to Clockwork Angels). I'm sure most of their 70's albums have songs I like better than just about anything from Clockwork Angels... but at the same time, Clockrwork Angels is the only album in which I do like every single song... and from what I've heard on the live albums I have, I don't think any of the other albums I'm missing would be close to doing the same thing (well, I have Snakes and Arrows live, and it's got a lot of songs that are really great too).

Rush is so different, before and after Moving Pictures, I can understand why people who like the earlier stuff are not all that fond of the 80s output. I love it. Power Windows speaks to me in completely different ways than Hemispheres does. The constant is that they both speak to me and that's why Rush is my favorite band.


In the '80s, fans of '70s Rush lamented the introduction of keyboards. In the '90s, fans of '70s-'80s Rush lamented, with the exception of Counterparts, albums that were good from start to finish because Presto, Roll The Bones and T4E (with the exception of the universally lauded "Driven") were patchier than what Rush fans were used to. Face it, we were spoiled.

In spite of its controversial mastering, I felt Vapor Trails was a return to form. Rush sounded like a band reinvigorated and Neil drummed like a madman again. Gone was the more laidback feel of Presto and RTB with those tinny REM-esque guitars. Rush sounded like a power trio again.
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Another band I think has been putting out very strong albums of late has been Saga. I think everything they've done from Network on has been really good and matches their early 80's output for quality and prog-quotient.
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Originally posted by Jeffro Jeffro wrote:


Originally posted by Dellinger Dellinger wrote:

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Originally posted by richardh richardh wrote:

Weird that no one up to now has mentioned Rush. They have also had exactly the same line up for 40 years and still putting out quality albums. OK they may be 3-4 star albums rather than 4-5 star albums but I can live with that.
Agreed. Especially since most people prefer the 2000's-2010's material over their 1990's albums. Prime example.


Indeed. Actually, overall, Clockwork Angels may just as well be my favourite Rush album.

Maybe it's because I'm not so young and impressionable anymore but I prefer older Rush to newer Rush. The last album to truly resonate with me was Presto. Counterparts is probably next. Clockwork Angels is a good album. Lights years better than either Vapor Trails or Snakes & Arrows


Well, I guess I could say I am rather new to Rush, the last few years, but I did get all their 70's albums (up to Moving Pictures) before Clockwork Angels was released (besides those albums, I have a pair of live albums, but just about nothing else from Moving Pictures up to Clockwork Angels). I'm sure most of their 70's albums have songs I like better than just about anything from Clockwork Angels... but at the same time, Clockrwork Angels is the only album in which I do like every single song... and from what I've heard on the live albums I have, I don't think any of the other albums I'm missing would be close to doing the same thing (well, I have Snakes and Arrows live, and it's got a lot of songs that are really great too).

Rush is so different, before and after Moving Pictures, I can understand why people who like the earlier stuff are not all that fond of the 80s output. I love it. Power Windows speaks to me in completely different ways than Hemispheres does. The constant is that they both speak to me and that's why Rush is my favorite band.
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Originally posted by Jeffro Jeffro wrote:


Originally posted by Dellinger Dellinger wrote:

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Originally posted by richardh richardh wrote:

Weird that no one up to now has mentioned Rush. They have also had exactly the same line up for 40 years and still putting out quality albums. OK they may be 3-4 star albums rather than 4-5 star albums but I can live with that.
Agreed. Especially since most people prefer the 2000's-2010's material over their 1990's albums. Prime example.


Indeed. Actually, overall, Clockwork Angels may just as well be my favourite Rush album.

Maybe it's because I'm not so young and impressionable anymore but I prefer older Rush to newer Rush. The last album to truly resonate with me was Presto. Counterparts is probably next. Clockwork Angels is a good album. Lights years better than either Vapor Trails or Snakes & Arrows


Well, I guess I could say I am rather new to Rush, the last few years, but I did get all their 70's albums (up to Moving Pictures) before Clockwork Angels was released (besides those albums, I have a pair of live albums, but just about nothing else from Moving Pictures up to Clockwork Angels). I'm sure most of their 70's albums have songs I like better than just about anything from Clockwork Angels... but at the same time, Clockrwork Angels is the only album in which I do like every single song... and from what I've heard on the live albums I have, I don't think any of the other albums I'm missing would be close to doing the same thing (well, I have Snakes and Arrows live, and it's got a lot of songs that are really great too).
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Swans have had one heck of a comeback. Many people say their last two are their best ever.

For me it's totally different and almost incomparable to their early output. Not sure which I prefer but it hardly sounds like the same band.
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Magma. After taking a nose-dive in the 80's, the band has returned with some of their best material ever (KA, Ehmtett (meh, I'm too lazy to look up how it's actually spelled) Re, and Felicite Thosz).
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Originally posted by Dellinger Dellinger wrote:

Originally posted by Metalmarsh89 Metalmarsh89 wrote:


Originally posted by richardh richardh wrote:

Weird that no one up to now has mentioned Rush. They have also had exactly the same line up for 40 years and still putting out quality albums. OK they may be 3-4 star albums rather than 4-5 star albums but I can live with that.
Agreed. Especially since most people prefer the 2000's-2010's material over their 1990's albums. Prime example.


Indeed. Actually, overall, Clockwork Angels may just as well be my favourite Rush album.

Maybe it's because I'm not so young and impressionable anymore but I prefer older Rush to newer Rush. The last album to truly resonate with me was Presto. Counterparts is probably next. Clockwork Angels is a good album. Light years better than either Vapor Trails or Snakes & Arrows


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Some of the old-school bands seem to have definitely lost the mojo (Yes as prime example, I'd dare to mention DT but I'l wait for their next album before deciding) which honestly is understandable, with Yes we are talking people who are over their 60's now.
But for those who retain some creativity, I think it has been very important for them to realise that there still exists a solid base of loyal Prog lovers, and that many people want more classic Prog from them. For some period they may have tried to reach to younger and wider audiences through more commercial music, but in most cases they have rather failed, neither convincing the proggers neither the targeted new audience, and finally they have realised that if they keep doing good Prog they can still receive strong support from the loyal Prog fan-base, so this has resulted in some revival of really good Prog by bands which had already a long history.


well said!

i found another one: Galahad - their newest effords are really great! Approve
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Aside from Swans (which were already mentioned), I would like to say Ulver. Constantly amazing, and their last is one of their best.
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Some of the old-school bands seem to have definitely lost the mojo (Yes as prime example, I'd dare to mention DT but I'l wait for their next album before deciding) which honestly is understandable, with Yes we are talking people who are over their 60's now.
But for those who retain some creativity, I think it has been very important for them to realise that there still exists a solid base of loyal Prog lovers, and that many people want more classic Prog from them. For some period they may have tried to reach to younger and wider audiences through more commercial music, but in most cases they have rather failed, neither convincing the proggers neither the targeted new audience, and finally they have realised that if they keep doing good Prog they can still receive strong support from the loyal Prog fan-base, so this has resulted in some revival of really good Prog by bands which had already a long history.
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I know, I've been mentioning these guys in every thread I get a chance of late, but I really think Motorpsycho fits the bill here.

I was glad someone covered this before me. Motorpsycho's a great example!

I often forget Porcupine Tree were making albums for over a decade before releasing In Absentia, and over fifteen years before Fear of a Blank Planet. Hm.. Everything else I've thought of has already been mentioned in this thread. Oh, yeah. It seems every Discipline release has gotten better and better!
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I'm glad you mentioned the last Rush album. Astounding, one of the most remarkable albums of their career.

Another one I have on my mind, just compare the new Saga album, "Sagacity," to the new Yes album - "Heaven and Earth." Saga are putting out some of the most energetic and inspiring music of their career, and Yes... oh I weep...
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Originally posted by Metalmarsh89 Metalmarsh89 wrote:


Originally posted by richardh richardh wrote:

Weird that no one up to now has mentioned Rush. They have also had exactly the same line up for 40 years and still putting out quality albums. OK they may be 3-4 star albums rather than 4-5 star albums but I can live with that.
Agreed. Especially since most people prefer the 2000's-2010's material over their 1990's albums. Prime example.


Indeed. Actually, overall, Clockwork Angels may just as well be my favourite Rush album.
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Originally posted by richardh richardh wrote:

Weird that no one up to now has mentioned Rush. They have also had exactly the same line up for 40 years and still putting out quality albums. OK they may be 3-4 star albums rather than 4-5 star albums but I can live with that.


Agreed. Especially since most people prefer the 2000's-2010's material over their 1990's albums. Prime example.
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Ozric Tentacles? I personally love the new Dream Theater album. The new Fates Warning album is excellent.
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I know, I've been mentioning these guys in every thread I get a chance of late, but I really think Motorpsycho fits the bill here.

After releasing several, IMO, excellent and progressive albums in the '90's and early 2000's, they changed drummers from Håkon Gebhardt, who, according to the band's front man, Bent Sæther*, tried to play jazz, to Kenneth Kapstad, who, according to Sæther again*, is jazz, and moved closer towards a more traditional perception of what prog rock is, although retaining key elements of their unique style, of what's made them popular in the past, such as the fuzzy guitar sound, and perhaps culminated their career with the 2012 masterpiece The Death Defying Unicorn, 22 years after their first official release.

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Weird that no one up to now has mentioned Rush. They have also had exactly the same line up for 40 years and still putting out quality albums. OK they may be 3-4 star albums rather than 4-5 star albums but I can live with that.
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