Rush - "Counterparts"
If you've never heard an entire album by Rush, then start with this one: it's their eighteenth, and one of the best they've released in 12 years. All of their trademarks are here: sophisticated lyrics, intricate instrumental sections, Geddy Lee's nasal vocals, and Neil Peart's percussion - the best in modern rock music
Like their past two albums, Rush tries to go back to the power trio format with few synthesizers. The result is one of their hardest rocking albums in years. Such songs as "Cut to the Chase," "Stick it" and "Between Sun and Moon," are vintage Rush. Neil Peart's lyrics, as usual, display great diversity, especially on the sympathetic, "Nobody's Hero" and on his rejection of labels, "Alien Shore," while "Cold Fire" is bursting with hit single potential.
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