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#1 IbanezJem

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Posted 21 March 2019 - 02:13 PM

What's the consensus on Geddy's solo effort? I've just ordered it from Amazon, and wonder whether I should be enthusiastically looking forward to it - or really anxious that two massively comforting presences are not sitting alongside that voice and that bass. Will I miss Neil's lyrics? How high should I set my expectations?

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Posted 21 March 2019 - 02:22 PM

I quite like it.  Not a ton of virtuoso bass playing, but some solid songs with good hooks and a comfortable sound.

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Posted 21 March 2019 - 02:26 PM

If you like '90s Rush, you'll like it. Songwriting is solid and Matt Cameron does a good job on drums. Vocally, Geddy sounds great. "Grace to Grace" would be the best Rush song of the '90s if it was on a Rush album.

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Posted 21 March 2019 - 02:39 PM

View Postthizzellewashington, on 21 March 2019 - 02:26 PM, said:

If you like '90s Rush, you'll like it. Songwriting is solid and Matt Cameron does a good job on drums. Vocally, Geddy sounds great. "Grace to Grace" would be the best Rush song of the '90s if it was on a Rush album.
90s Rush, eh? Not my preferred decade. But I also need to listen a lot more to those albums - it's too easy to fall back on the masterpieces every time I wonder what to listen to. Maybe this will open my mind up a bit.

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Posted 21 March 2019 - 02:41 PM

View Posttoymaker, on 21 March 2019 - 02:22 PM, said:

I quite like it.  Not a ton of virtuoso bass playing, but some solid songs with good hooks and a comfortable sound.
So no Stu Hamm or Billy Sheehan-style solos! I figured it would be "comfortable", didn't see solo Geddy as thrashing it too much.

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Posted 21 March 2019 - 02:44 PM

View PostIbanezJem, on 21 March 2019 - 02:39 PM, said:

View Postthizzellewashington, on 21 March 2019 - 02:26 PM, said:

If you like '90s Rush, you'll like it. Songwriting is solid and Matt Cameron does a good job on drums. Vocally, Geddy sounds great. "Grace to Grace" would be the best Rush song of the '90s if it was on a Rush album.
90s Rush, eh? Not my preferred decade. But I also need to listen a lot more to those albums - it's too easy to fall back on the masterpieces every time I wonder what to listen to. Maybe this will open my mind up a bit.
What I would say is that Headache is a more consistent album than any of Rush's three '90s albums. "Grace to Grace" is the only song that reaches the heights of their best '90s work (which to me is "Ghost of a Chance" and "Driven), but those three albums each have a few awful songs on them, too. No song on Headache is bad. They're all at least decent. There's nothing worth skipping.

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Posted 21 March 2019 - 06:15 PM

I remember hooking onto Working at Perfekt at first before all the other tracks really sunk in and it became something just about as good as a Rush album just without Al's cutting edge which isnt missed at all the songwriting is so good, i'd love another

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Posted 21 March 2019 - 07:25 PM

The only song I enjoyed was the title track. The rest was meh and forgettable

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Posted 21 March 2019 - 07:39 PM

It's very good.

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Posted 21 March 2019 - 08:20 PM

I like it a lot. Tracks I enjoy:

Title Track
The Present Tense
Window to the World
Moving to Bohemia
Home on the Strange
Grace to Grace

I agree with previous post that its more reminiscent of 90s Rush....the albums I think its most similar to are Test for Echo and Presto

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Posted 22 March 2019 - 03:43 AM

Took me awhile to get into it.It is more Geddy the songwriter 90s style.The playing is solid but nothing really spectacular,but i suppose iwas waiting for a flurry of bass gymnastics,drum flashes and a soaring Lifeson solo.Was i somewhat deflated?Yes,but i pushed on and i like it now,but i dont play it much.I prefer Alex's Victor mainly because it has more variety and its quirky.

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Posted 22 March 2019 - 04:39 PM

View Postgrasbo, on 22 March 2019 - 03:43 AM, said:

Took me awhile to get into it.It is more Geddy the songwriter 90s style.The playing is solid but nothing really spectacular,but i suppose iwas waiting for a flurry of bass gymnastics,drum flashes and a soaring Lifeson solo.Was i somewhat deflated?Yes,but i pushed on and i like it now,but i dont play it much.I prefer Alex's Victor mainly because it has more variety and its quirky.
Have just ordered Victor too. I'd been waiting for an acceptable price, then pounced. Expect this to be more my thing, as a guitarist rather than bass fan. And Alex is very funny - hope some of his humour is on the record.

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Posted 22 March 2019 - 05:05 PM

If you like your music with a jack of structure and absence of melody then you'll love Victor. Headache has a few really good songs on it, and if Ged can produce something approaching the quality of that album I'll certainly buy it.

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Posted 22 March 2019 - 05:14 PM

MFH is disappointing at first because it’s not what you’d expect.

It’s grown on me over the last 20 years and I really enjoy it these days.

Runaway Train is just great.

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Posted 22 March 2019 - 07:45 PM

MFH really made me appreciate what Alex brings to Rush, both as a guitarist and a composer.

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Posted 22 March 2019 - 08:36 PM

View PostIbanezJem, on 22 March 2019 - 04:39 PM, said:

View Postgrasbo, on 22 March 2019 - 03:43 AM, said:

Took me awhile to get into it.It is more Geddy the songwriter 90s style.The playing is solid but nothing really spectacular,but i suppose iwas waiting for a flurry of bass gymnastics,drum flashes and a soaring Lifeson solo.Was i somewhat deflated?Yes,but i pushed on and i like it now,but i dont play it much.I prefer Alex's Victor mainly because it has more variety and its quirky.
Have just ordered Victor too. I'd been waiting for an acceptable price, then pounced. Expect this to be more my thing, as a guitarist rather than bass fan. And Alex is very funny - hope some of his humour is on the record.

I love both Geddy's and Alex's solo records.

Geddy does his singer/songwriter thing which is really cool and Alex does his theme kind of record which is really cool too.  Don't expect a guitar slinger record from Alex though. There some humor on Alex's record and seriousness too.

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Posted 23 March 2019 - 05:50 AM

I have both.

I took to My Favorite Headache straightaway. I love "Home On The Strange". I wouldn't skip any of the tracks.

Alex Lifeson's Victor took a little getting used to, but the tracks are good, and I love "Shut Up Shuttin' Up".

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Posted 23 March 2019 - 07:02 AM

View PostBabycat, on 23 March 2019 - 05:50 AM, said:

I have both.

I took to My Favorite Headache straightaway. I love "Home On The Strange". I wouldn't skip any of the tracks.

Alex Lifeson's Victor took a little getting used to, but the tracks are good, and I love "Shut Up Shuttin' Up".
I will have both in the next week or so. Great to have some new Geddy and Alex even if the music is twenty years old!
P.S Your cat timeline is touching and sad. I would have five on mine, from 1999. Have two three year-olds at the moment but will add more!

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Posted 23 March 2019 - 08:14 AM

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View PostBabycat, on 23 March 2019 - 05:50 AM, said:

I have both.

I took to My Favorite Headache straightaway. I love "Home On The Strange". I wouldn't skip any of the tracks.

Alex Lifeson's Victor took a little getting used to, but the tracks are good, and I love "Shut Up Shuttin' Up".
I will have both in the next week or so. Great to have some new Geddy and Alex even if the music is twenty years old!
P.S Your cat timeline is touching and sad. I would have five on mine, from 1999. Have two three year-olds at the moment but will add more!

The cat timeline is touching and sad, but they're not mine; they were the cats of the members here, and the members allowed me to commemorate their feline's memories in my virtual garden, whereupon they play among the flowers and the trees.

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Posted 23 March 2019 - 08:27 AM

View PostBabycat, on 23 March 2019 - 08:14 AM, said:

View PostIbanezJem, on 23 March 2019 - 07:02 AM, said:

View PostBabycat, on 23 March 2019 - 05:50 AM, said:

I have both.

I took to My Favorite Headache straightaway. I love "Home On The Strange". I wouldn't skip any of the tracks.

Alex Lifeson's Victor took a little getting used to, but the tracks are good, and I love "Shut Up Shuttin' Up".
I will have both in the next week or so. Great to have some new Geddy and Alex even if the music is twenty years old!
P.S Your cat timeline is touching and sad. I would have five on mine, from 1999. Have two three year-olds at the moment but will add more!

The cat timeline is touching and sad, but they're not mine; they were the cats of the members here, and the members allowed me to commemorate their feline's memories in my virtual garden, whereupon they play among the flowers and the trees.
Is it possible to add Cosmo, 31st July 2001 to 16th March 2016? We still miss him everyday.




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