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Bravest Face: Magic Place or So Weak?


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Poll: Bravest Face (25 member(s) have cast votes)

Which thought is closest to yours regarding Bravest Face?

  1. Honestly, it's my favorite Rush tune. It's perfect lyrically and musically. (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  2. It's way up there. One of Rush's best for sure. (1 votes [4.00%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 4.00%

  3. It's not in the upper echelon of Rush songs but I like it quite a bit. (3 votes [12.00%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 12.00%

  4. It's an alright tune that's ripped too often. (3 votes [12.00%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 12.00%

  5. I don't like it too much but there are other Rush songs that are worse. (8 votes [32.00%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 32.00%

  6. I hate it. I skip it every time and/or haven't listened to it in a while. (10 votes [40.00%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 40.00%

What grade would you give Bravest Face?

  1. A: Superior (1 votes [4.00%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 4.00%

  2. B: Above Average (1 votes [4.00%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 4.00%

  3. C: Average (6 votes [24.00%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 24.00%

  4. D: Below Average (7 votes [28.00%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 28.00%

  5. F: Fail (10 votes [40.00%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 40.00%

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#1 JohnnyBlaze

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Posted 11 August 2017 - 11:18 AM

Bravest Face is a song that's commonly ripped in these parts for the vocals, lyrics, etc.

But is it actually one of Rush's best?

Is it decent?

Is it as horrible as many have said?

Do the lyrics hold some special value to you?

Is there something sublime going on?

Edited by JohnnyBlaze, 11 August 2017 - 11:47 AM.


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#2 Lucas

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Posted 11 August 2017 - 11:34 AM

I like that show where they solve all the murders
An heroic point of view
It's got justice and vengeance too
At least so the story goes
I like that story; makes a satisfying case


During the "solve all the murders" part, it sounds like Geddy is going to throw up

I don't blame him


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Edited by Lucas, 11 August 2017 - 11:35 AM.


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Posted 11 August 2017 - 11:49 AM

big pile of meh

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Posted 11 August 2017 - 11:56 AM

I really like most of S&A.

But this song is no good at all.

I know Rush says they have no recorded studio tracks left in their vault. This songs proves that maybe they should have left some material there.

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Posted 11 August 2017 - 12:51 PM

It's below average filler.  It takes most of the punches Good News First (a song I really like) would take in it's absence.

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Posted 11 August 2017 - 01:48 PM

I dig it. There are worse Rush tunes.

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Posted 11 August 2017 - 03:26 PM

Its craaap.

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Posted 11 August 2017 - 03:46 PM

View PostEagleMoon, on 11 August 2017 - 03:26 PM, said:

Its craaap.
The only reason this song was released to test Geddy's theory that sometimes people like crap.

Judging by the reaction here, it appears that Geddy was wrong.

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Posted 11 August 2017 - 05:39 PM

I put on my bravest face just to listen to it.

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Posted 11 August 2017 - 06:24 PM

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Posted 11 August 2017 - 08:13 PM

One of the best 3 songs on a stellar album full of great songs. LOVE IT!!! Awesome lyrics with some of Alex's best guitar work.

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Posted 11 August 2017 - 09:16 PM

Yeah, uh, well...it has its moments but it also has a lot of warbling  Geddy Lee Chorale Experience...of which I'm not a fan.

Nick R. pushed Geddy to sing way too high a lot on the last 2 albums. Sometimes it worked. Sometimes it didn't.

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Posted 11 August 2017 - 09:17 PM

View PostLorraine, on 11 August 2017 - 05:39 PM, said:

I put on my bravest face just to listen to it.

I see what you did there.

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Posted 11 August 2017 - 10:52 PM

It's a strange song.  I don't like it much but when I happen to hear it, it becomes stuck in my head.  I think because the melody is kind of unusual even though the lyrics are awful . .

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Posted 11 August 2017 - 11:31 PM

View Postblueschica, on 11 August 2017 - 10:52 PM, said:

It's a strange song.  I don't like it much but when I happen to hear it, it becomes stuck in my head.  I think because the melody is kind of unusual even though the lyrics are awful . .

I didn't see your vote blueschica :poke:

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Posted 12 August 2017 - 07:38 AM

Can't even remember how it goes.

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Posted 12 August 2017 - 08:42 AM

View PostFridge, on 12 August 2017 - 07:38 AM, said:

Can't even remember how it goes.
Ooooh, what a lucky man...you are...

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Posted 12 August 2017 - 10:35 AM

View Postdiatribein, on 11 August 2017 - 08:13 PM, said:

One of the best 3 songs on a stellar album full of great songs. LOVE IT!!! Awesome lyrics with some of Alex's best guitar work.

I agree with at least 2/3 of this. Bravest Face probably gets a listen from me every time I put this album in. In fact, I may do that soon after this post!

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Posted 12 August 2017 - 11:01 AM

View PostJohnnyBlaze, on 11 August 2017 - 11:31 PM, said:

View Postblueschica, on 11 August 2017 - 10:52 PM, said:

It's a strange song.  I don't like it much but when I happen to hear it, it becomes stuck in my head.  I think because the melody is kind of unusual even though the lyrics are awful . .

I didn't see your vote blueschica :poke:
Oh no!  I picked, but I must have forgotten to hit the vote button. Ok, fixed!

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Posted 12 August 2017 - 11:40 AM

View PostJ2112YYZ, on 11 August 2017 - 11:56 AM, said:

I really like most of S&A.

But this song is no good at all.

I know Rush says they have no recorded studio tracks left in their vault. This songs proves that maybe they should have left some material there.
Exactly.  It feels like an unnecessary addition to what should be an excellent album beginning to end, but for a few clunkers like this one.




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