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How do you rate A Farewell to Kings?

  1. 1 (1 votes [0.67%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.67%

  2. 2 (2 votes [1.34%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.34%

  3. 3 (1 votes [0.67%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.67%

  4. 4 (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  5. 5 (1 votes [0.67%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.67%

  6. 6 (3 votes [2.01%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.01%

  7. 7 (15 votes [10.07%])

    Percentage of vote: 10.07%

  8. 8 (24 votes [16.11%])

    Percentage of vote: 16.11%

  9. 9 (45 votes [30.20%])

    Percentage of vote: 30.20%

  10. 10 (57 votes [38.26%])

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#1 Gompers

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 06:47 AM

When I was in high school, my very good friend discovered that I was quickly becoming a huge Rush fan and learning all their stuff. We'd hang out and listen to music after school, usually his favorite band Kansas, but one day he played Xanadu for me, without me knowing it was Rush and of course it was yet another Rush tune that was incredible. He ended up giving me the album (he put it on cassette for himself).

AFTK, to me was much more musically Progressive than 2112 because it ventured into more complex time signatures. This era of Rush music is that one that captivated me most.

The Great
-A Farewell to Kings
-Xanadu
-Closer to the Heart
-Cygnus X-1 Book I: The Voyage
-Madrigal

The Good
-Cinderella Man

I rate this 9.5 (rounded up to 10).

Edited by Gompers, 30 April 2012 - 07:45 AM.


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Posted 30 April 2012 - 06:51 AM

10. My favorite.

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 07:19 AM

I give AFTK a total score of eleventy billion.  tongue.gif  tongue.gif Rounded down to "10" for this poll.   smile.gif   smile.gif


Xanadu is progressive epic rock perfection. Those terms are overused in reference to other songs.  Xanadu, however, defines progressive epic rock.  

The crunching yet ethereal bass and guitar, the time switches from sultry to urgent, the incorporation of naturalistic elements with the birdsong and temple blocks.  

All tieing together a storyline  covering 1,000 years in the life of a single man from youthful driven adventurer to pathetic prisoner.  

Do you still remember the first time you finally got the real horror of what the protagonist was experiencing in this story?  "Stars stopped in the sky"?

Oh yeah, the other songs don't take away anything from the album.



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Posted 30 April 2012 - 07:33 AM

My third favorite behind Counterparts and Hemispheres  laugh.gif  

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 08:03 AM

Gave it an 8 (more like 8.5).

The Good
A Farewell To Kings
Xanadu
Closer To The Heart
Cygnus X-1

The OK
Cinderella Man

The "Meh..."
Madrigal

Edited by ALifeson85, 30 April 2012 - 08:03 AM.


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Posted 30 April 2012 - 08:20 AM

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 08:30 AM

7.

AFTK is good.
Xanadu is great.
CTTH is good bordering on great.
Cygnus X-1 is great. Maybe good++.

Madrigal is boring.
Cinderella Man is bloody awful. Just terrible.

Good + great + really good + really really good + boring + one of the worst songs they've ever recorded = 7/10.

(Seriously, I put Cinderella Man down at the bottom along with dreck like Dog Years, Virtuality and I Think I'm Going Bald.)

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 12:07 PM

10  biggrin.gif  

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 12:26 PM

10 . Masterpiece

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 12:30 PM

10, truly superb, regardless of what the wannabe blogclown say's. A gem        2.gif  

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 12:50 PM

The Great:
AFTK
Xanadu
Cygnus X-1
Cinderella Man

The Good:
Madrigal

Not so Good:
Closer to the Heart (So tired of this song. It's Rush's Iron Man.)

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 05:03 PM

growing up I liked this album alot but didn't love it. It has grown on me tremendously, probably more than any Rush album has. For years I was so sick of hearing "Closer To The Heart" that I kinda tuned out this whole album. I still wouldn't give it a 10 but closer to 9.5. I voted 9, but it is an incredile 9.

When I think about this era for Rush, it makes me smile and think about how awesome they were in this period.  

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 05:44 PM

When the classical guitar opens the album.
When the bells/chimes accompany the guitar.
When the classical guitar ends...
You know it's gonna be epic.

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 05:49 PM

It's a 9 in my book.

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 05:56 PM

I'll go 8

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 06:34 PM

One of the  four 10s (hopefully soon to be 5) in the Rush catalog.

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 06:49 PM

Just reading the responses, I know I'm in the minority (if not the only one  unsure.gif ), but I gave it a 5.

I absolutely love Xanadu, but none of the rest.

I actually don't listen to this one very much at all.

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 06:50 PM

QUOTE (danielmclark @ Apr 30 2012, 08:30 AM)
7.

AFTK is good.
Xanadu is great.
CTTH is good bordering on great.
Cygnus X-1 is great. Maybe good++.

Madrigal is boring.
Cinderella Man is bloody awful. Just terrible.

Good + great + really good + really really good + boring + one of the worst songs they've ever recorded = 7/10.

(Seriously, I put Cinderella Man down at the bottom along with dreck like Dog Years, Virtuality and I Think I'm Going Bald.)

Wow, you pretty much read my mind!  new_thumbsupsmileyanim.gif  7 for me as well.

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 07:44 PM

Here goes:

The Great

Xanadu (a top 10 Rush song for me)
Closer To The Heart (overplayed but it still great)
Cygnus X-1 (Some of Geddy's wailing at the very end of the song hurts it - still great)

The Good

A Farewell to Kings
Cinderella Man
Madrigal

This album is a sold 9+.  Much better than Hemispheres.  Not enough of a + to push it to a 10 so it gets a 9.  Don't take me wrong  - I really like Rush's music.  I am just a hard reviewer.  Tough to get a 10 from me.  But one album will.

Basically every album from AFTK through Presto gets a 9 from me.  Originally I gave Presto a very strong 8 but just over the last week or 2 I have reconsidered and would bump it up to a 9.  Actually it would be an 8+ with the + being enough to push it past 8.5 and hence rounded to a 9.

Anyway, a 9 it is for AFTK.

  

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 09:05 PM

9

Love the medieval flavor of this album. Cinderella Man and Madrigal aren't as strong as the other songs, but the album feels cohesive and strong and rates higher than the sum of it's parts. I enjoy listening to this more than Hemispheres (which I also rated a 9).

I also like the back cover more than the front:

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Edited by savagegrace26, 30 April 2012 - 09:07 PM.





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