RUSH — Clockwork Angels (review)

RUSH — Clockwork Angels album cover Album · 2012 · Hard Rock Buy this album from MMA partners
4/5 ·
Rush-Clockwork Angels

It honestly surprises me that Rush hadn't released a concept album until this point. Rush's first concept album 'Clockwork Angels' was well received by critics, and it is Rush's highest rated post-Moving Pictures release here on the MMA. If you are interested in the concept of this album, Neil Peart wrote a book about the concept of this album and I recommended it if you enjoy this album.

The music and lyrics on this album really tell a story. The concept, even though explained in a book, is best heard from the music itself. All the songs connect, yet it's not an album you have to listen to all the way through. All the songs stand well on their own, concept or not. There are songs about virtually all parts of life, 'Caravan', the hard rocking opener seems to be about curiosity. 'BU2B' is about believing and understanding, 'Halo Effect' is about having romantic interest, and there are many other themes the song have and there are just too many to all describe.

The music is very unique, and has wide range of eclectic styles. The songs 'Caravan' and 'Headlong Flight' are heavy rockers, with Lee performing some of his best vocal and bass work. The title track brings back Rush's progressive rock of old, and songs like 'BU2B2' and 'The Garden' are beautiful classical music-influenced pieces. Not without some darkness, 'Clockwork Angels' has a couple menacing songs like 'The Anarchist' and 'The Wreckers' both having dark riffing and a dark atmosphere. Speaking of 'The Wreckers', this song has a unique dark classical-infused bridge with the lyrics changing drastically from the start of the song.

Overall, I think this is essential to any Rush fan's collection. Not only is it Rush's first concept album, but it has such a wide variety of styles and fuses them together in a way that Rush hasn't done in quite a while. This album shows that Rush is still going strong after forty years of rocking.

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