14 Songs, 1 Hour 7 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

This album is Mastered for iTunes. Thirty-plus years into a career that has slowed considerably in the last decade, Rush still deliver epic rock grandeur without compromise. Judiciously amending their sound to the times, the power trio has evolved without sacrificing what made them so groundbreaking and powerful in the first place. Snakes and Arrows comes five years after their previous studio effort, 2002’s Vapor Trails, and like that release sticks with a guitar-heavy attack punctuated by the ambitious, polyrhythmic drumming of Neil Peart. As expected, Peart’s lyrics deal with his obsessions on government, spirituality, human will and nature that are often more fun and informative to read on a sheet than to sing aloud. Though clunky in execution — the multi-syllabic words sound even more clinical with Geddy Lee’s over-articulate delivery — they take on ominous weight in light of world events in the new millennium and, more importantly, in balance with the group’s exciting arrangements. There's heart-thumping drama throughout “Far Cry,” “Armor and Sword,” acoustic-electric weaving in “The Larger Bowl,” and the near sci-fi, action film downward spiral of “Spindrift.” It’s unusual for a group of such duration to still come within spitting distance of their finest work so many years on, but Rush continue to defy all expectations in their stubborn, steady way.

Apple Digital Master

EDITORS’ NOTES

This album is Mastered for iTunes. Thirty-plus years into a career that has slowed considerably in the last decade, Rush still deliver epic rock grandeur without compromise. Judiciously amending their sound to the times, the power trio has evolved without sacrificing what made them so groundbreaking and powerful in the first place. Snakes and Arrows comes five years after their previous studio effort, 2002’s Vapor Trails, and like that release sticks with a guitar-heavy attack punctuated by the ambitious, polyrhythmic drumming of Neil Peart. As expected, Peart’s lyrics deal with his obsessions on government, spirituality, human will and nature that are often more fun and informative to read on a sheet than to sing aloud. Though clunky in execution — the multi-syllabic words sound even more clinical with Geddy Lee’s over-articulate delivery — they take on ominous weight in light of world events in the new millennium and, more importantly, in balance with the group’s exciting arrangements. There's heart-thumping drama throughout “Far Cry,” “Armor and Sword,” acoustic-electric weaving in “The Larger Bowl,” and the near sci-fi, action film downward spiral of “Spindrift.” It’s unusual for a group of such duration to still come within spitting distance of their finest work so many years on, but Rush continue to defy all expectations in their stubborn, steady way.

Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

Best yet from RUSH ,

Definitive RUSH

Original and definitively RUSH.

The best work yet by this extraordinary band.

This band has arisen from the ashes of tragedy stronger and more courageous than ever. No melodrama, just pure Phoenix fire.

Peart's percussion has developed far more dimension. The lyrics unblinkingly face down the darkness of our civilization and let in light.

Lifeson's guitar has grown the wings his past work has promised and yearned for. This is Lifeson's CD.

Lee's ability to pull it all together has only grown stronger. This man is a Rock.

I have been a rabid fan since Caress of Steel and this work has revived the joy seemingly lost in art and music today.

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Pitifulhumans ,

Sound like Getty

is crying instead of singing. Tried to get into this one better never could. We Hold On is the only song that even begins to have some inspired Rush originality.

Ethan gentleman ,

Better than clock work Angels

I am not much into their newer albums. But if I had to choose between clock work Angels and this, I would choose this. It's not to much "out of The Rush region". Far cry is a great song,

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