Rush ‘Clockwork Angels’ Review

Posted on 11 July 2012 by Chris Knight

Rush return with their latest epic album and the first in 5 years through Roadrunner records.  “Clockwork angels” is an intergalctic car crash hurtling large rocks of sound and beautifully crafted chaos towards our own immortal ears.  The production is beautiful and in Rush’s own unique style the songs are interwoven with delicious melodies, crushing riffs and soaring highs.  Rush - Clockwork Angels

The album seen by some as a concept album but denied by Guitarist Alex Lifeson has been championed by novelist Kevin J. Anderson who intends to write a sci fi novelization about “a young man’s quest to follow his dreams, he is caught between the grandiose forces of order and chaos. He travels across a lavish and colorful world of steampunk and alchemy, with lost cities, pirates, anarchists, exotic carnivals, and a rigid Watchmaker who imposes precision on every aspect of daily life”

Concept or not and frankly who cares this album has a heartbeat.  Rush have a special way of knocking your ears off orbit; with precision time changes and trio interplay.  Tracks like ‘Halo Effect’ demonstrate some beautiful vocals and sublime string arrangements while tracks like ‘BU2B’ drag you into a vortex of immense power that remind you Rush cant be pinned down into a single genre because this track is heavy, doomy and sinister and one to look out for live.  The ‘Anarchist’ provides flashes of Geddy Lees famous vocal style often unmatched on this offering but still non the less superb and the bass line drives the song throughout.

This album is simply an old friend and one that you feel you have known for ages.  38 years after their conception, this trio pushing 60 are still the masters of their art and perhaps the time lords of Canada can make ‘time stand still’.