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According to my Last.fm stats, Rush is now my most played artist, up from 4th place last month. As I mentioned last month, I’ve been listening to the following albums
Feedback is an album of cover tunes, so I’m not going so spend much time discussing it. It’s Rush putting their spin on what other’s have created. It’s a good album with quality performances, and their song selection is interesting. This is a side of Rush very few people have ever heard because Rush simply doesn’t do cover tunes. They sound like they’re really enjoying themselves.
Other than this, there’s not much to say. I like it very much and, in many cases, I prefer Rush’s version to the original. Although, admittedly, there were a few songs where I didn’t know who the original band was.
Summertime Blues, Heart Full of Soul, The Seeker, and Shapes of Things are solid standouts.
Released on May 21, 2004, Feedback peaked on The Billboard 200 at 19.
Snakes and Arrows
Peart has said the lyrics on Snakes and Arrows are based on his personal reflections on faith while he was riding throughout North America. There are many who feel this is a dark album, and I’ve read several who’ve flat out stated it’s atheistic in its view. I disagree. Yeah, some of this is some dark stuff, but if you spend enough time with the album and words, you’ll begin to see a message of hope.
Far Cry is easily my favorite song here.
It’s a far cry from the world we thought we’d inherit
It’s a far cry from the way we thought we’d share it
You can almost feel the current flowing
You can almost see the circuits blowing
One day I feel I’m on top of the world
And the next it’s falling in on me
I can get back on
I can get back on
How many days have I felt those words? The reality of life so rarely lines up with our hopes and thoughts. And just when you think you’ve got it figured out, it all comes crashing down, redefining and reinventing itself in ways we could never predict or understand.
Armor and Sword took a while to grow on me, but it’s heavy and slow lumbering eventually got to me. The lyrics are brilliant.
We build our defenses, a place of safety
And leave the darker places unexplored
No one gets to their heaven without a fight
The fight to get to your heaven involves exploring those darker places. The unsafe places inside you. Only when you’ve walked through it, discovered, confronted, considered and examined yourself can you ever find that peace, your heaven.
Spindrift is fantastic.
There are three instrumentals here.
- The Main Monkey Business
- Malignant Narcissism
The Main Monkey Business is probably my favorite. Hope is great little acoustic song. Malignant Narcissism was nominated for a Grammy. (Spoiler alert: did not win.)
Bravest Face speaks to the opposites that live in all of us.
In the sweetest child there’s a vicious streak
In the strongest man there’s a child so weak
In the whole wide world there’s no magic place
So you might as well rise, put on your bravest face
Without weakness, how can you define strength? Without pain, how then to recognize peace? One opposite defines the other. Until you’ve experience both, you haven’t experienced life.
Released on May 1, 2007, Snakes and Arrows hit #3 on The Billboard 200. It was certified gold in Canada in September 2007.
And We’re Done
And this brings The Rush Project to an end. It’s been a fantastic ride, and thanks for taking it with me.
I’m in the (very long and drawn out) process of redesigning this site. Once I’ve got that put to bed, I hope to revisit this project and write more in-depth on each album. I have no time line for when that might be, but I’d like give these albums more focused and concentrated attention. There’s been so much happening in my life over the past five months that I sometimes rushed to get these posts published. And in the process, I think the quality suffered. I think that. I’d like to fix that sometime soon.
Hopefully you’ll be here for that ride, too.
- The Rush Project - November’s Playlist, 2012-11-12
- The Rush Project - December’s Playlist, 2012-12-12
- The Rush Project - January’s Playlist, 2013-01-11
- The Rush Project - February’s Playlist, 2013-02-12
- The Rush Project - March’s Playlist, 2013, 03-12