Sound — 9
Being that it is Rush, the music was so strong and powerful. Two songs that really stood out were Far Cry and Malignant Narcissism. But to me, some of the songs sounded the same. Even though I favor their old material better, I really enjoyed this CD and hope that Rush still continues to make music throughout the years.
Lyrics — 10
Since I liten to their older music, I'm used to the songs being written with a sci-fy, fantasy approach. The lyrics included on this CD blew my mind. It was based on Neal Peart's reflections on faith, and I feel that since he was writing personally, the songs are extra special. Geddy Lee has still got the vocals, even though they may not be as high as they used to. His singing was extraordinary on this album.
Overall Impression — 9
Again I listen to Rush's older music more, and I'm used to the classic, bluesy rock feel. This album has a newer rock kind of feeling behind it, which I don't mind. It's amazing how Rush changes with the decade of music and still manages to rock out. My favorite songs on this album are Far Cry, Malignant Narcissism, The Way the Wind Blows, and Bravest Face. As a bassist, I really enjoyed the bass lines established by Geddy Lee, as with any Rush song. The only think I didn't like was that some, not all of the songs sounded a little similar. If I would lose this CD I would definitely head out to the store the very next day to buy it again.