Sound — 9
Overall another great album by a great Canadian band. More or less an expansion on their original style, with an occasional mix of a present day heavy distortional type of rock genre, as displayed in 'Far Cry' and 'Workin them Angels'. Maybe not so much a heavier type of rock, but a little more common to the latest rock style as compared to their unique sounds in past albums. Another few instrumental songs which were a success in my opinion (More jam sessions gone right for them apparently). Nice acoustic in 'Hope' and some fine bass runs in 'The Main Monkey Buisness'. Both quite easy to play but very tasty nonetheless. A bit dissapointed in their lack of utilization of arguably the greatest drummer alive. Seems like Peart didn't get any break out rolls in any of the instrumentals, and the other singles just don't have the stand out solos in any instrument like they used to. Perhaps a sign of aging, but sad either way.
Lyrics — 7
Not much of a lyrics kinda guy but mostly the same type of style of songwriting as their old albums. Geddy's unique high pitched voice continues to be stellar. Somewhat difficult to recognize what their message intent is in some of their songs. But I say again, I'm not a lyrics kinda guy.
Overall Impression — 9
All in all they've still managed to put out a solid album from start to finish with some great tunes that would be a good listen for any Rush fan. Don't expect any mind blowing bass runs, guitar solos, or drum rolls, but in terms of song writing they've once again proven to be one of the best rock bands to go through the ranks.