Sound — 10
The sound on counterparts is acctually quite nice, nice and clear but sometimes I feel like Ged's vocals are getting drowned out a bit. The guitars are great, you can hear each note with Alex is playing with the same accuracy I'm assuming there was in the studio. Geddy's bass is booming and growly, just the way I love it (as a bass player) and Neil's drum sound is perfect, as always. With Neil's various MIDI-marimba parts he does, that gives this record an insane direction (good example of this, the instrumental, "Leave That Thing Alone" especially on the Rush in Rio CD/DVD). So in summary, sound as good as a studio album is going to get.
Lyrics — 10
Does rush ever have bad lyrics? Well, with the exception of Virtuality on the Test For Echo album. So many lyrical masterpieces on this album, including my personal favorite, "Nobody's Hero." And to all you Geddy-bashers, what is wrong with his voice? I mean, he has one of the greatest voices in rock n' roll (IMO of course). He has a very very wide range, from lows to highs, and his voice fits the music and lyrics perfectly. But I'm not gonna drone on and on about it, 10/10.
Overall Impression — 10
Only one I don't like (Speed Of Love), but I still like it, it's just my least favorite of my favorite album. I hate nothing (seriously, I can listen to this album from beginning to end, 5 times in a row and still love it). If you want a heavy, intelligent and fun-to-listen-to album by an amazing artist, pick up Counterparts. Every song is amazing, every lyrics is well thought out, every guitar part is unique, every bass part is something you've never heard before and the drumming is Neil, what more do i have to say?