Rate A Farewell To Kings
Posted 30 April 2012 - 09:31 PM
Posted 30 April 2012 - 09:37 PM
Posted 01 May 2012 - 12:02 AM
|QUOTE (Captain Avatar @ Apr 30 2012, 06:49 PM)|
| Just reading the responses, I know I'm in the minority (if not the only one ), 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.
Xanadu's music is absolute perfetion. The story...well, I'll take the poem anyday.
The middle jam sections of the title track and Cinderella Man are great, but the songs as a whole seem forced. The keys on the title track sound like a 7-year old is playing them. Same with Madrigal.
Musically, Cygnus X-1 rocks. Again, the theme and the lyrics are a problem for me. Space stories are better read than sung.
I love Closer to the Heart. It's a great anthem, with a fabulous arpeggio and positive message.
Album is a 6 for me.
Posted 01 May 2012 - 02:42 AM
Xanadu, 4/5, .8
Closer to the Heart, 3/5, .6
Cinderella Man, 4/5, .8
Madrigal, 3/5, .6
The Voyage, 5/5, 1
Posted 01 May 2012 - 03:46 AM
Posted 01 May 2012 - 07:25 AM
Posted 01 May 2012 - 08:23 AM
If I hadn't heard Hemispheres first then I might have thought a little better of AFTK. I learned at that point to start from the beginning when you discover a new band. I started with Permanent Waves and All The World's A Stage followed by Hemispheres and then A Farewell To Kings. It was an odd way to get into the band and after that I started from the beginning and went forward.
AFTK is a big change from 2112. It's almost as big a change as the one between Moving Pictures and Signals. Yeah it was still the Rush from 2112, but the keyboards and percussion were adding more color to the songs. Alex was moving beyond just blues-based playing. And let's face it, Rush was going Prog. And we liked it.
Posted 02 May 2012 - 05:04 PM
Xanadu is brilliant. The story is one of my favorites, and the music sets the mood. Like I said for 2112, I typically have a dismissive attitude toward the longer songs, but Xanadu just works. It sets up a brilliant mood.
Closer to the Heart is a masterpiece. I think the fan base is less receptive of it because 1) it's been played live for eons and 2) it's short.
Cinderella Man, musically, is very awkward. Like AF2K, it's disjointed feeling. And unlike the title track, I don't think this pulls it back together. Maybe it's the pauses, coupled with, again, Neil putting snare hits in places that remove the rhythm.
Madrigal is nice, but forgettable.
Cygnus X-1 Book 1 doesn't irritate me as much as Book 2. The introduction is brilliant I think, and then the song falls off a bit. The song itself has some off-putting banshee wails from Geddy. I was so much happier when he did away with this from Permanent Waves onwards. Musically, this is a success. Lyrically it's passable. Vocally it's a mess. The instrumental int he beginning I love. From there... meh.
This gets a 7.
Posted 06 May 2012 - 03:58 AM
Posted 06 May 2012 - 07:27 AM
|QUOTE (English Muffin @ Apr 30 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.
I still didn't give it a 10, because Madrigal and Cinderella Man aren't ALL that great; they're all right. But the first side of the album and then the last ten minutes are completely epic!
Posted 06 May 2012 - 07:30 AM
I love the whole album, especially Cinderella Man which seems to be getting some hate in this thread
If given the option I would give it a 10.2 so it would be just a little bit ahead of Hemispheres.
Posted 06 May 2012 - 11:56 AM
|QUOTE (ALifeson85 @ Apr 30 2012, 08:03 AM)|
| Gave it an 8 (more like 8.5).|
A Farewell To Kings
Closer To The Heart
Posted 07 May 2012 - 04:45 AM
|QUOTE (default236 @ Apr 30 2012, 07:33 AM)|
|My third favorite behind Counterparts and Hemispheres|
Another lover of Counterparts...and Hemispheres! Right on. Well done, and pleased to meet you.
Posted 07 May 2012 - 04:49 AM
|QUOTE (Animate @ Apr 30 2012, 07:19 AM)|
| I give AFTK a total score of eleventy billion. Rounded down to "10" for this poll. |
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