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Poll: Your favorite post-synth era Rush studio album(1989-2012)? (74 member(s) have cast votes)

Your favorite post-synth era Rush studio album(1989-2012)?

  1. Presto (3 votes [4.05%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 4.05%

  2. Roll the Bones (3 votes [4.05%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 4.05%

  3. Counterparts (18 votes [24.32%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 24.32%

  4. Test for Echo (3 votes [4.05%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 4.05%

  5. Vapor Trails (10 votes [13.51%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 13.51%

  6. Snakes & Arrows (5 votes [6.76%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 6.76%

  7. Clockwork Angels (32 votes [43.24%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 43.24%

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#21 Blue Barchetta

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Posted 12 May 2017 - 08:45 PM

View Postdiatribein, on 12 May 2017 - 06:15 PM, said:

1. Snakes & Arrows
2. Roll the Bones
3. Test for Echo
4. Presto
5. Counterparts
6. Vapor Trails
7. Clockwork Angels
8. Feedback

The more I listen to Vapor Trails the less I like it. I used to place it above Counterparts, but I've recently rediscovered Alien Shore & Everyday Glory which has raised Counterparts slightly in my estimation, while the loudness of Vapor Trails (honestly even the remix is still LOUD) just grates on me more and more as time passes. It is such a boring monosyllabic effort and is hurt terribly by the fact that Geddy's brilliant solo album (complete with awesome sounding sythns) came out just 2 years prior. A small factor is also that I recently got the Audio Fidelity Mastered CD of Counterparts (hence me rediscovering those songs) which is beautiful. It is nice to have the album be properly mastered with a good amount of headroom and no clipping. This still doesn't exist for either Vapor Trails or Clockwork Angels. Both of those albums are pretty brickwalled. Even through the loudness, I still prefer Vapor Trails because the songs are better. So much of Clockwork Angels is the worst songwriting RUSH has done in 35 years! Too many bad songs, and an awful lead single. This album more than any other makes me miss the 80s material.
Everyday Glory may be the most underrated song on this sight.  One of my favorites off Counterparts.

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Posted 13 May 2017 - 02:32 AM

View PostNa na na, on 12 May 2017 - 05:13 PM, said:

Clockwork Angels
Vapor Trails
Presto
Test 4 Echo
Snakes & Arrows
Roll The Bones
Counterparts

That's how I would've ranked them.

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Posted 13 May 2017 - 06:02 AM

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View PostYYZumbi, on 12 May 2017 - 05:55 PM, said:

I refuse to vote in a poll that have not got Feedback in it! Even tho I would not vote on it, it should still be there! Makes me :banghead:  :rage:

It's a covers album. It's not original music. I would think that would be obvious.
I had to check the date of the poll, because I could have sworn Zumbi's post was from a few years ago Posted Image

#24 EagleMoon

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Posted 13 May 2017 - 06:06 AM

View PostYour_Lion, on 13 May 2017 - 06:02 AM, said:

View PostEagleMoon, on 12 May 2017 - 06:03 PM, said:

View PostYYZumbi, on 12 May 2017 - 05:55 PM, said:

I refuse to vote in a poll that have not got Feedback in it! Even tho I would not vote on it, it should still be there! Makes me :banghead:  :rage:

It's a covers album. It's not original music. I would think that would be obvious.
I had to check the date of the poll, because I could have sworn Zumbi's post was from a few years ago Posted Image

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Posted 13 May 2017 - 08:54 AM

Clockwork. One of their finest.

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Posted 13 May 2017 - 09:33 AM

Looking at these albums in the poll makes me a ashamed that I never really obsessed over them like the Rush album that had gone before
Was it the 80`s that did it ?
I think that may be it

Clockwork  Angels

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Posted 13 May 2017 - 10:10 AM

Clockwork Angels all the way.

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Posted 13 May 2017 - 10:26 AM

Thinking about how to rank them makes me realize that they're all decent but imperfect albums, with the exception of T4E and Roll The Bones, which get less interesting to me with each listening.  VT and Presto have the most interesting songs, but production is a real issue.  Clockwork and Snakes and Arrows come very close to excellent with a little paring of material.  Sonically, T4E, Snakes and Counterparts are fantastic.  The T4E material is elevated when I watch Neil's "A Work in Progress" video.  A lot of the subtleties of his drumming are lost in the straight audio experience.

So...based on song quality, here's how I'd rate them:

Presto 11/11 - 100%
Roll the Bones 6/10 - 60%
Counterparts 6/11 - 55%
Test for Echo 3/11 - 27%
Vapor Trails 12/13 - 92%
Snakes and Arrows 8/13 - 61%
Clockwork Angels 8/12 - 67%

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Posted 13 May 2017 - 11:53 AM

Clockwork Angels, with Roll The Bones closely behind.

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Posted 13 May 2017 - 12:01 PM

Counterparts for me. Almost for production value alone. Not to mention "Everyday Glory" is on that album.

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Posted 13 May 2017 - 06:24 PM

Alien Shore and Leave That Thing Alone were the last great RUSH songs recorded.

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Posted 13 May 2017 - 07:21 PM

I like that at the end of their career, they pulled it together for a few really good albums.  So much of the material released after GUP was mediocre at best.  But with each release starting with Vapor Trails, they got better and better.  Clockwork Angels is, by far, the best album released since GUP, maybe since Signals.

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Posted 14 May 2017 - 04:59 AM

Clockwork Angels. Definitely!

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Posted 14 May 2017 - 08:10 AM

Clockwork Angels followed by Counterparts

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Posted 14 May 2017 - 08:27 AM

Test For Echo for me. I think it's really underrated.

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Posted 14 May 2017 - 08:45 AM

Counterparts and Clockwork Angels are super close in quality but I give CP the nod because it sounds a lot better (CA is too muddy at times).

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Posted 14 May 2017 - 11:35 AM

View Postgoose, on 13 May 2017 - 10:26 AM, said:

Thinking about how to rank them makes me realize that they're all decent but imperfect albums, with the exception of T4E and Roll The Bones, which get less interesting to me with each listening.  VT and Presto have the most interesting songs, but production is a real issue.  Clockwork and Snakes and Arrows come very close to excellent with a little paring of material.  Sonically, T4E, Snakes and Counterparts are fantastic.  The T4E material is elevated when I watch Neil's "A Work in Progress" video.  A lot of the subtleties of his drumming are lost in the straight audio experience.

So...based on song quality, here's how I'd rate them:

Presto 11/11 - 100%
Roll the Bones 6/10 - 60%
Counterparts 6/11 - 55%
Test for Echo 3/11 - 27%
Vapor Trails 12/13 - 92%
Snakes and Arrows 8/13 - 61%
Clockwork Angels 8/12 - 67%

Nice job, Goose! Are you a recent graduate of "JohnnyBlaze's Mathemagics Online Course-O-Rama"? I am currently enrolled and highly confused.

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Posted 14 May 2017 - 12:07 PM

1.Counterparts
2.Clockwork Angels
3.Vapor Trails
4.Presto
5.Snakes & Arrows
6.Roll the Bones
7.Test For Echo

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Posted 14 May 2017 - 09:23 PM

Don't have one. They all kick my ass.

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 11:57 AM

Clockwork Angels, for sure.  But I love a lot of the later stuff.  I happen to be one of the few lovers of Vapor Trails, and I really enjoy Counterparts.  But CA's story and heaviness appeal to me more than even most early Rush.




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