CD REVIEW Rush

Band : Rush
Album title : Clockwork Angels
Label : Roadrunner Records
Distributor : CNR – Concreteweb Promotion Office – Tone
Release date : July 2012
Release : CD

If there's one positive thing about the several elements which have caused me to put off reviewing this album after it came into my hands already somewhat belatedly, it's that I have had plenty of opportunities to give it repeat listening sessions. You see, for a music journalist probably the biggest problem with reviewing albums by bands you've been familiar with since your teenager days, is that you indeed occasionally tend to spend léss time with new material, as you've got so much to already compare it and equalize it to. Having said that, I cannot believe it's been 5 years since Rush's last studio album Snakes & Arrows (review by yours truly posted 28/05/2007), as it seems to me that album is still so fresh in my memory. On the other hand, when you're not counting the covers mini-album Feedback, it had been 5 years between new studio material before that as well.

As per usual with this Canadian trio, there's a red thread throughout the album...in fact you might just as well say this is a concept album, relating a story set in an alternate, yet somehow also close and familiar universe. No, I don't intend to unravel the actual story itself, but I'll reveal that it tells about the universal struggle between the young and old, between those stuck in their ways and those who feel there's more out there for them, and the reconciliation of those who dared and grew wizer because of it with those who're still paving their own way (and still have to go through all the motions). Musically, this Progressive Rock band holds no surprises no more, having come into their own already a couple of decades ago...but still the album has diversity, and in the weird musical scene of today each Rush album nevertheless comes as a breath of fresh air. Yeah...I'm glad I've been able to spend so much time with Clockwork Angels...it has worked to engrave each and every one of the 12 tunes in my memory, standing on a par with all those early albums of the '70s which still hold my preference in this band's history.

Top rating, or what else did you think? Ach well, you know...to each his own, alright?

98/100

Tony.