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#41 tupelobarchetta

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 09:10 AM

QUOTE (jtm9734 @ Aug 28 2010, 08:40 AM)
QUOTE (Deckiller @ Aug 27 2010, 10:29 PM)
Yeah, it's probably a bit too low, especially since I just had to endure this song for the first time in two years:

154. “Dog Years”

GameFAQs rating: N/A (haven't reached it yet)
My rating: 3/10

I can’t stand this song. The only reason it’s higher than Rivendell is the nice basswork from Geddy and the better production. The lyrics are abysmal:

Dog years -- It's the season of the itch
Dog years -- With every scratch it reappears
Dog years -- For every sad son of a bitch
Dog years -- With his tail between his ears

I'd rather be a tortoise from Galapagos
Or a span of geological time
Than be living in these dog years



It seems to me
As well make our own few circles 'round the block
We've lost our senses
For the higher-level static of talk


I kind of get what Peart’s going for here, but it just doesn’t work. It falls flat. The guitarwork is heavy yet cheesy, and the chorus is almost embarrassing (“DOOOOOGGGGG YEARS”). “Kid Gloves” did a much better job with the frantic, up-beat, playful, innocent rock feel. And it actually had a real Lifeson solo.

This song is just an embarrassment to the boys, and one of the main reasons a lot of people dislike Test for Echo.

And then came “Virtuality”, but we’ll get to that in a little bit.

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"Dog Years" is overrated at No. 154.

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 09:12 AM

QUOTE (Deckiller @ Aug 28 2010, 01:33 AM)
143. “Beneath, Between & Behind”

GameFAQs rating: 6.64/10
My rating: 4/10

I don’t see the greatness in this song. It just seems like another early-Rush hard rock song, with a bad chorus. The chorus is just awkward, and that can be attributed to Peart’s overdone, wordy lyrics.

Beneath the noble birth
Between the proudest words
Behind the beauty, cracks appear
Once, with heads held high
They sang out to the sky
Why do their shadows bow in fear?

Watch the cities rise
Another ship arrives
Earths melting pot and ever growing
Fantastic dreams come true
Inventing something new
The greatest minds, and never knowing...

More lyrics: http://www.lyricsfreak.com/r/rush/#share

Like I said in the Rivendell writeup, such wordiness pretty much typical of this album.

I do like the instrumental breakdown mid-song, but it’s nothing epic or riveting. It’s just another 3-minute ditty out of Rush’s early catalog.

Oh, and Geddy sounds pretty good on it. Kudos for having to sing that chorus!

Alright, that's probably it for the night. I'll do another 15-20 tomorrow afternoon/evening.

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 09:16 AM

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QUOTE (Deckiller @ Aug 28 2010, 01:33 AM)
143. “Beneath, Between & Behind”

GameFAQs rating: 6.64/10
My rating: 4/10

I don’t see the greatness in this song. It just seems like another early-Rush hard rock song, with a bad chorus. The chorus is just awkward, and that can be attributed to Peart’s overdone, wordy lyrics.

Beneath the noble birth
Between the proudest words
Behind the beauty, cracks appear
Once, with heads held high
They sang out to the sky
Why do their shadows bow in fear?

Watch the cities rise
Another ship arrives
Earths melting pot and ever growing
Fantastic dreams come true
Inventing something new
The greatest minds, and never knowing...

More lyrics: http://www.lyricsfreak.com/r/rush/#share

Like I said in the Rivendell writeup, such wordiness pretty much typical of this album.

I do like the instrumental breakdown mid-song, but it’s nothing epic or riveting. It’s just another 3-minute ditty out of Rush’s early catalog.

Oh, and Geddy sounds pretty good on it. Kudos for having to sing that chorus!

Alright, that's probably it for the night. I'll do another 15-20 tomorrow afternoon/evening.

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 11:02 AM

QUOTE (rushgoober @ Aug 28 2010, 07:35 AM)
QUOTE (Deckiller @ Aug 27 2010, 10:05 PM)
146. “Lakeside Park”

GameFAQs rating: 5.50/10
My rating: 3.5/10

Kill me now! This is probably the Rush song I’ve listened to the least. I guess the reason I’m putting it this high is because it’s got a really nice riff and vocal melody. Geddy does a great job singing on this song! Lyrics are nostalgic and descriptive – typical of a mid-70s Peart song. The song still falls into my “meh” category, but I can definitely see why people like it.

I don’t see anyone pointing to this song when they think of Rush’s musicianship, though. Nevertheless, I will give them credit for giving us a brief glimpse of that “upbeat prog metal,” as I call it, that we’ll see on albums like Permanent Waves.

We're now out of that whole slew of 3.5/10s.

While some of your choices are puzzling to me, this one is truly unfathomable.  Not only do I consider this the best song on Caress, it's probably my favorite song from the first 3 albums.  It displays a level of maturity and polish, mixed with melody, sentimentality and infectiousness that just works for me.  Honestly, I don't know why people don't in general single this song out more.  It's top 20 Rush for me all the way.

I'm with you, Goober. I wouldn't say it's the best on the first three but yes it's in the top 30 at the very least.

And in no way should What You're Doing, How It Is, Dog Years, Going Bald, Virtuality or BB&B belong that low.

Edited by Silas Lang, 28 August 2010 - 11:07 AM.


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Posted 28 August 2010 - 11:51 AM

QUOTE (Silas Lang @ Aug 28 2010, 08:02 AM)
QUOTE (rushgoober @ Aug 28 2010, 07:35 AM)
QUOTE (Deckiller @ Aug 27 2010, 10:05 PM)
146. “Lakeside Park”

GameFAQs rating: 5.50/10
My rating: 3.5/10

Kill me now! This is probably the Rush song I’ve listened to the least. I guess the reason I’m putting it this high is because it’s got a really nice riff and vocal melody. Geddy does a great job singing on this song! Lyrics are nostalgic and descriptive – typical of a mid-70s Peart song. The song still falls into my “meh” category, but I can definitely see why people like it.

I don’t see anyone pointing to this song when they think of Rush’s musicianship, though. Nevertheless, I will give them credit for giving us a brief glimpse of that “upbeat prog metal,” as I call it, that we’ll see on albums like Permanent Waves.

We're now out of that whole slew of 3.5/10s.

While some of your choices are puzzling to me, this one is truly unfathomable.  Not only do I consider this the best song on Caress, it's probably my favorite song from the first 3 albums.  It displays a level of maturity and polish, mixed with melody, sentimentality and infectiousness that just works for me.  Honestly, I don't know why people don't in general single this song out more.  It's top 20 Rush for me all the way.

I'm with you, Goober. I wouldn't say it's the best on the first three but yes it's in the top 30 at the very least.

And in no way should What You're Doing, How It Is, Dog Years, Going Bald, Virtuality or BB&B belong that low.

Ditto...

Lakeside Park and BB&B are my favorite early Rush songs; mainly due to the wordy, singalong choruses. I respect your opinion, Deckiller; but this is a glaring oversight.  yes.gif  

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 12:01 PM

Well if those are the worse then it's no wonder I love this band so much.

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 12:03 PM

QUOTE (Deckiller @ Aug 28 2010, 12:26 AM)
And you know something? I just realized, after being a Rush fan for most of my life, that "Roll the Bones" means "Roll the Joints".

"But the bottom line...is to take the chance, roll the bones, if it's a random universe and that's terrifying and it makes you neurotic and everything, never mind. You really have to take the chance or else nothing's going to happen."
- Neil Peart, "It's A Rap" interview, April 1992

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 12:17 PM

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149. “What You’re Doing”???

The entire HYF record is worst than What You're Doing.

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 12:42 PM

QUOTE (Ted Barchetta @ Aug 28 2010, 09:51 AM)
QUOTE (Silas Lang @ Aug 28 2010, 08:02 AM)
QUOTE (rushgoober @ Aug 28 2010, 07:35 AM)
QUOTE (Deckiller @ Aug 27 2010, 10:05 PM)
146. “Lakeside Park”

GameFAQs rating: 5.50/10
My rating: 3.5/10

Kill me now! This is probably the Rush song I’ve listened to the least. I guess the reason I’m putting it this high is because it’s got a really nice riff and vocal melody. Geddy does a great job singing on this song! Lyrics are nostalgic and descriptive – typical of a mid-70s Peart song. The song still falls into my “meh” category, but I can definitely see why people like it.

I don’t see anyone pointing to this song when they think of Rush’s musicianship, though. Nevertheless, I will give them credit for giving us a brief glimpse of that “upbeat prog metal,” as I call it, that we’ll see on albums like Permanent Waves.

We're now out of that whole slew of 3.5/10s.

While some of your choices are puzzling to me, this one is truly unfathomable.  Not only do I consider this the best song on Caress, it's probably my favorite song from the first 3 albums.  It displays a level of maturity and polish, mixed with melody, sentimentality and infectiousness that just works for me.  Honestly, I don't know why people don't in general single this song out more.  It's top 20 Rush for me all the way.

I'm with you, Goober. I wouldn't say it's the best on the first three but yes it's in the top 30 at the very least.

And in no way should What You're Doing, How It Is, Dog Years, Going Bald, Virtuality or BB&B belong that low.

Ditto...

Lakeside Park and BB&B are my favorite early Rush songs; mainly due to the wordy, singalong choruses. I respect your opinion, Deckiller; but this is a glaring oversight.  yes.gif

I actually think Lakeside Park could have been a major hit if it was marketed properly - it's that good...

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 03:34 PM

QUOTE (Deckiller @ Aug 28 2010, 01:13 AM)
145. “Anagram (For Mongo)”

GameFAQs rating: 6.30/10
My rating: 4/10

I’ll just start by saying that I don’t care for the lyrics in this song, and I won’t even mention them for the rest of this writeup.

This song is just so bland. It starts off with the entire band playing together, which is pretty rare for a Rush song. That’s probably the only unique part of this whole song. Alex’s guitar work leaves a lot to be desired, though he does show off some nice variety between thick riffs and razor-thin, melodic strumming.

Geddy’s vocals are bland on this song. As with most of the Presto album, he’s being way too conservative. There’s just no zest to his vocals and melodies here, aside from the final verse. A lot of that could be Rupert’s production/the mix, but…something’s missing.

The song builds, and builds, and builds…and then shifts gears and loses momentum…and then builds up again with that very same chorus…and then goes nowhere. The outro is nice, but it REALLY needs a Lifeson solo at around the 3:15 mark.

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 03:40 PM

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Let’s just be thankful they didn’t name this album “Rush.com”. How many prog bands were naming album titles after their websites? Jethro Tull? Marillion?

Thank you for not going there, Rush!

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 04:05 PM

I just ran into this thread... and after seeing how low you have What You're Doing and even You Bet Your Life, I've decided you obviously were deprived of oxygen during a difficult delivery  tongue.gif  

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 04:10 PM

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I'm gonna write a few more in a bit.

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 04:18 PM

142. “The Speed of Love”

GameFAQs rating: 4.28/10
My rating: 4/10

My heart doesn't go out to this song all that much.

I’ve been spending the last month listening to Rush nonstop, mainly in preparation for this project. I’ve listened to each song at least 3 times, and I’ll be honest: this song is very lucky that I did so. Otherwise, it would’ve been in the bottom 10 for just being...there.

I don’t like the lyrics that much. They just seem cheesy and/or all over the place, and don’t really feel lovey-dovey (even the “my heart goes out to you!” bit). However, I think the musicianship in this song is decent enough to rank it 4/10.

Dirk lays down some nice basswork, especially toward the end of the song and in the bridge. Alex, for his part, crafts a reasonable guitar track that conveys at least a little bit of emotion. Pratt’s drumming seems fairly typical for this album; nothing really stands out on that end. Overall, it’s a pretty unremarkable song, but I don’t really hate it in any way.


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Posted 28 August 2010 - 04:22 PM

I do agree that "I Think I'm Going Bald", "Rivendell" and "Madrigal"  belong down here... but where are Tai Shan and Heresy?  

Still, Deckiller, if you think you're going to get clobbered, imagine what would happen to me if I overrode my instinct for self-preservation and posted that I'd put Necromancer, TFOL, and Afterimage in my bottom 15?

Oops... did I just type that?  I'm a dead man...

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 04:24 PM

QUOTE (Deckiller @ Aug 28 2010, 02:10 PM)
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I'm gonna write a few more in a bit.

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outside of Lakeside Park's placement and a couple of other placements, i haven't been too offended... yet

of course not having all of VT's songs from 144-156 will always be a puzzlement to me, but that aside... wink.gif

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 04:25 PM

Heh, two of those three songs won't be cracking my top 60.

141. “Here Again”

GameFAQs rating: 6.57/10
My rating: 4/10

It hurts me to rank this song 141th. It really does. It’s a nice, slow, bluesy song with decent guitar work. The problem is that it’s such a copycat of Led Zeppelin – even moreso than the rest of the album! Robert Plant could be signing this song and we wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.

Nevertheless, Alex DOES let loose on the guitar at several points, and the rhythm section keeps everything grounded with a slow, chugging crawl. The problem is that there’s no real glimpse of originality. Even when Rush went through their Police-influenced phase, they still felt original, creative, and even progressive. Here, it’s just a derived blues song for a band that was “finding their way”.


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Posted 28 August 2010 - 04:26 PM

QUOTE (rushgoober @ Aug 28 2010, 04:24 PM)
QUOTE (Deckiller @ Aug 28 2010, 02:10 PM)
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I'm gonna write a few more in a bit.

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outside of Lakeside Park's placement and a couple of other placements, i haven't been too offended... yet

of course not having all of VT's songs from 144-156 will always be a puzzlement to me, but that aside... wink.gif

Don't worry! Only a few VT songs crack my top 100.

Edited by Deckiller, 28 August 2010 - 04:26 PM.


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Posted 28 August 2010 - 04:29 PM

QUOTE (Deckiller @ Aug 28 2010, 05:25 PM)
Heh, two of those three songs won't be cracking my top 60.

141. “Here Again”

GameFAQs rating: 6.57/10
My rating: 4/10

It hurts me to rank this song 141th. It really does. It’s a nice, slow, bluesy song with decent guitar work. The problem is that it’s such a copycat of Led Zeppelin – even moreso than the rest of the album! Robert Plant could be signing this song and we wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.

Nevertheless, Alex DOES let loose on the guitar at several points, and the rhythm section keeps everything grounded with a slow, chugging crawl. The problem is that there’s no real glimpse of originality. Even when Rush went through their Police-influenced phase, they still felt original, creative, and even progressive. Here, it’s just a derived blues song for a band that was “finding their way”.

Wait!  Because Rush wore a major influence on their sleeves for this song, you're disappointed?  Led Zeppelin was known to "write" a few "copycat" songs in their time.  Oh, the irony!!!  laugh.gif  

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 04:33 PM

QUOTE (ReRushed @ Aug 28 2010, 04:29 PM)
QUOTE (Deckiller @ Aug 28 2010, 05:25 PM)
Heh, two of those three songs won't be cracking my top 60.

141. “Here Again”

GameFAQs rating: 6.57/10
My rating: 4/10

It hurts me to rank this song 141th. It really does. It’s a nice, slow, bluesy song with decent guitar work. The problem is that it’s such a copycat of Led Zeppelin – even moreso than the rest of the album! Robert Plant could be signing this song and we wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.

Nevertheless, Alex DOES let loose on the guitar at several points, and the rhythm section keeps everything grounded with a slow, chugging crawl. The problem is that there’s no real glimpse of originality. Even when Rush went through their Police-influenced phase, they still felt original, creative, and even progressive. Here, it’s just a derived blues song for a band that was “finding their way”.

Wait!  Because Rush wore a major influence on their sleeves for this song, you're disappointed?  Led Zeppelin was known to "write" a few "copycat" songs in their time.  Oh, the irony!!!  laugh.gif

And that's why I think Led Zeppelin are ridiculously overrated smile.gif




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