Rock titans Rush return with “Clockwork Angels,” the band's first studio album in five years, on June 12.
First single, “Headlong Flight” landed at rock radio today (19). The full song, embedded below, is more than 7 minutes long. As the title suggests, the protagonist longs to take flight. Neil Peart’s drumming sounds as amazing as always: it anchors the shifting tempos and moods, as Alex Lifeson’s guitar work soars above it all. Geddy Lee’s vocals are strong, but they don’t stand out as his most potent, especially since they are fairly down in the mix (until near the end). It’s an opus that floats along without a hint of a chorus, but is compelling as different elements come into play. Plus, given there’s a mechanical voiceover that comes in around 4:15, it seems as if there’s a narrative here that will become clearer as we hear more of the album.
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