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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%])

    Percentage of vote: 38.26%

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#21 1 of the 7

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 09:31 PM

9 for me, only because there are albums I like even more. AFTK has the distinction of being the only Rush album where I like all the songs equally, though. Every other album, I have favorites. This one, all six are my favorites heart.gif  

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 09:37 PM

I remember thinking of the title track as a so-so rocker with a fantastic acoustical intro. I've since wisened up to the appeal of the heavier segments and now view the tune as being almost as incredible as the mega-excellent Xanadu. I also like Closer to the Heart very much, though I wish the band hadn't gone out of their way to make everyone sick of it by including it on about eight million different live releases. Madrigal is nice. Cinderella Man and Cygnus X-1 are where things get a little shaky for me; each tune has some guitar work and vocal bits that I dig, but they're hardly essential on the whole. As good as the good stuff is here, I can't give the album higher than a 7 since a full third of it fails to do much for me.  

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 09:48 PM

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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  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.


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.

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 02:42 AM

A Farewell to Kings, 5/5, 1
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



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Posted 01 May 2012 - 03:46 AM

7/10.  A great album but I'm not as obsessed with the prog, 70's material, as others are.  Closer to the Heart, Cygnus X-1, Xanadu are all must haves.

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 07:25 AM

All in all, as great as it is, it probably is their most overrated album.  At least going by all the 10's its getting here.  For me, Xanadu and CTTH are the only true classics, but I find them unlistenable on this album and would rather hear them on ESL.  The title track is great and Cygnus has its moments, but is a little bit goofy. The other tunes are ok, but something about the production turns me off the whole thing.  Its almost too crisp and shrill to my ears.  Still, it warrants a strong 7.5, rounded up to an 8.

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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.

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 05:04 PM

The title track is a great lyric. Musically, it feels slightly disjointed in a few places. I think it might be Neil's drumming, honestly. He's putting a lot of weird snare hits in places, and intentionally pushing the rhythm, particularly in the verses and instrumental. This isn't helped by the tempo and dynamic changes. It's not bad at all, don't get me wrong. It just sounds slightly disconnected.

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.  

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 08:37 PM

I give it a 9

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 03:58 AM

as of this date, excluding those who voted "1" (in this case, no one did ohmy.gif ) the overall TRF rating of this album is: 87%

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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!

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 07:30 AM

This has long been my favorite Rush album, it was the first one I owned and it was the album that made me want more.  

I love the whole album, especially Cinderella Man which seems to be getting some hate in this thread  ohmy.gif

If given the option I would give it a 10.2 so it would be just a little bit ahead of Hemispheres.

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 11:56 AM

QUOTE (ALifeson85 @ Apr 30 2012, 08:03 AM)
Gave it an 8 (more like 8.5).

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

The OK
Cinderella Man

The "Meh..."

This Exactly!

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 04:22 AM

10 for me!

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 04:45 AM

QUOTE (default236 @ Apr 30 2012, 07:33 AM)
My third favorite behind Counterparts and Hemispheres  laugh.gif

Another lover of Counterparts...and Hemispheres! Right on. Well done, and pleased to meet you.

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 04:49 AM

QUOTE (Animate @ Apr 30 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

Hahahahaha!  laugh.gif


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Posted 07 May 2012 - 06:59 AM

I'd say 8.  Their first really great album.

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 07:27 AM

Not only a 10, but my favorite album of theirs.

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