Rush-Roll the Bones
Although this album is Rush's lowest rated album on the MMA, I don't think it's their worst. Roll the Bones is following more of a pop-rock style instead of the alternative rock of Presto. Roll the Bones suffers from some of the same things that made 'Hold Your Fire' such a bad album. Most of the songs sound the same, and have a sort of pop-rock styling which can get very annoying for me.
1. Dreamline---Being the opening song, of course it's one of the best on the album seeing as this is Rush. The song begins with really catchy guitar and subtle bass beats. The chorus is when it get heavier with the synth playing a very minimal part in the song. Peart gives some great drum beats during the guitar solo. Easily my favorite from the album. (10/10)
2. Bravado is a very bland U2-sounding ballad. It Doesn't go anywhere, the music doesn't even sound good, and there really isn't much to say. (1/10)
3. Roll the Bones---The title track begins with corny synth blasts that sound so dated. The drums keep a steady beat and without those synth blasts it would sound really good. The chorus is really catchy and easy to sing-a-long to, but that's really the only plus about it. The bridge with the rapping is just so ridiculous and how do I put it, stupid. Catchy, but really corny at times. (2/10)
4. Face Up may be a guilty pleasure for me. It begins with really good guitar riffs, and some catchy vocals by Lee. Okay, it mostly is enjoyable for how it's catchy. At the bridge you get a classic solo. A perfect song to sing-a-long to, but definitely not a song that will please many Rush fans. (7/10)
5. Where's My Thing---A really catchy instrumental, this song brings back some of that classic Rush feel. Lifeson conducts really great guitar riffs that may remind you of YYZ. This song shows that even on a mediocre album, Rush knows how to make good instrumentals. (10/10)
6. The Big Wheel may have good guitar, but that's really it. The strong synth kills the song, the lyrics aren't that good, and Lee doesn't even give that good of a vocal performance. Sounds so 80's, yet this is 1991! Just a really annoying song for me. (1/10)
7. Heresy isn't much different from 'Wheel' or 'Bravado', just a really annoying, bland, and synth filled ballad. (1/10)
8. Ghost of a Chance---Beginning with catchy guitar, it starts out okay. It does have its unique times with Pink Floyd-like ambient choruses that sound really good. My problem with this song is that the ambiance and the catchy guitar don't really go that well together. Still a pretty good song though.(7/10)
9. Neurotica begins with the guitar building up til it starts rocking. Neurotica is one of the single songs on the album that goes beyond catchy. This song is what I imagine would happen if you combined the sound of the albums 'Presto' and 'Pressure'.The guitar and drums really compliment each-other here. My 2nd favorite from the album. (10/10)
10. You Bet Your Life---Opening up with Peart attacking the drum set, this song closes off the album. This song, again, is catchy. There isn't much depth musically to this song, but the lyrics are nice. It does get too catchy for its own good sometimes, but it's not a bad song. A decent closer. (5/10)
Overall, I understand the low ratings, because Roll the Bones is my 2nd least favorite Rush album. It does have more good songs then 'Fire' but it still lacks, and is HUGE downgrade from the quality of 'Presto'. It gets way too pop-rock like and sounds really bland often.
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