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3 stars Why the hate?

This album is great! Don't let the haters fool you, even if not strictly prog, this album is a great rocker that is certainly more pleasant than albums such as Hold Your Fire and Signals. I'd put it at about equal to Counterparts and Vapor Trails and better than and Snakes and Arrows, comparing it to the nearest albums.

Test for Echo is a great way to start the album, one of the best songs. The vocals are a real treat on that one. Driven is a heavy riff-fest which even Ged gets into with a nice bass solo. Half the World is next, my favorite song of the album as well as one of my favorites of all Rush's songs. The lyrics are especially meaningful. The Color of Right and Time and Motion follow. Both are meh, but I prefer CoR slighly. Totem is a great song with good rhythm and lyrics. Dog Years follow - the only real clunker. Virtuality is amazing, with a powerhouse riff and 'interesting' lyrics about the early Internet. (Not as bad as usually considered!) Resist is a beautiful mostly acoustic piece, followed by Limbo, a 3 star instrumental, unfortunately Rush's worst (or maybe least best). Carve Away the Stone is not the best closer but a decent song with some good lyrics.

All in all, a great album, not quite the quality of Rush masterpieces such as Hemispheres and Moving Pictures. I would still recommend this album to Counterparts fans or to fans of a more guitar-driven rock.

Rating: 3.5 stars

Apollo2112 | 3/5 |


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