RUSH — Clockwork Angels (review)

RUSH — Clockwork Angels album cover Album · 2012 · Hard Rock Buy this album from MMA partners
3/5 ·
Warthur
The clock on the front cover gives the time as 21:12, but this is no 1976-flavoured throwback project; rather, Clockwork Angels captures Rush in the act of playing contemporary-sounding progressive rock which sounds distinctively Rush-like without trying overly hard to recapture any specific previous phase of their career (though it often sounds like a much more rock-oriented take on their synth period - imagine Signals with less synthesisers and more guitar), or for that matter trying to fit in too much with what's currently going on in the genre.

Hitting a sweet spot in which they are able to take into account new musical developments and styles without being constrained by them, and with David Campbell's string arrangements lending some cinematic gravitas to proceedings here and there, this isn't a top-notch Rush classic that will redefine how people see prog, but it is a really solid album that will satisfy most old-time fans. Rumours swirl about whether or not they're going to put out more, but if they don't this is at least a better swansong than Vapor Trails was.
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