Exposé Online banner

Rush — Snakes and Arrows
(Atlantic 177084, 2007, CD)

by Paul Hightower, Published 2008-01-01

Snakes and Arrows Cover art

When a short audio sample of "Far Cry" was posted on Rush's web site it led to excited and hopeful premonitions of a return to the kind of prog rock the Canadian trio had pioneered on late 70s albums like Hemispheres. However, a full spin of the song (and album) instead reveals more of the type of melodic rock seen on albums Vapor Trails (2002) and Test for Echo (1996). For those lamenting the grip this kind of music has had on Rush lately you won't find much solace here. Songs like "Armor and Sword," "Workin' Them Angels," or "We Hold On," while flirting with odd meter and power trio dynamics, are a far cry (pardon the pun) from the sort of creativity seen on landmark albums like Permanent Waves or Moving Pictures. New producer Nick Raskulinecz has done a good job improving over the tonally flat palette of Vapor Trails, and the band revisits trademark stylings from earlier times (best exemplified by Alex Lifeson's increased use of acoustic guitars) with positive results showing in the better songs like the rocking "Spindrift" or the instrumentals "The Main Monkey Business" and "Malignant Narcissism." Lyrically, Neil Peart has become more of a commentator on the human condition and Life on Earth. It's a safer and less charged position, though songs like "The Way the Wind Blows" still reveal him to be in command of his craft. The same can be said for Rush in general, even if the years are starting to show.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 35, 2007 releases

Related artist(s): Rush, Geddy Lee

Latest news

2018-07-31
Tomasz Stańko RIP – Tomasz Stańko, one of the greats of Eastern European jazz, has died at the age of 76. Stańko's career started in Krzysztof Komeda's quintet, where he contributed trumpet from 1963-1967, when he formed his own group. He worked extensively with Edward Vesala, Don Cherry, Zbigniew Seifert, Chico Freeman, Howard Johnson, Cecil Taylor, and many others. Many of his recordings have been released by ECM, an association that began in the mid-70s. » Read more

2018-07-09
Soft Machine Set to Release New Music – It's been 50 years since The Soft Machine changed the face of music with their first album. Their blend of psychedelic rock and jazz was unique, and while the band went through many changes before disbanding in 1981 — by which time there were no original members remaining — they remained an innovative force with a style all their own. » Read more

2018-07-01
7d Surfaces Happy Rhodes Back Catalog – We've covered singer Happy Rhodes before, both for her solo work and recently with The Security Project, but her 11 albums have been hard to track down. Until now. 7d features high-quality downloads of all her releases, and several of them are also available on CD. » Read more

2018-06-25
Fred Chalenor RIP – We have news of another sad passing in the world of creative music. Bassist Fred Chalenor, whose creativity featured on albums by Tone Dogs, Caveman Shoestore, and many more, died on June 23, 2018 after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Tributes have poured in from the many musicians and fans whose lives he touched. » Read more

2018-06-13
Jon Hiseman RIP – One of the great drummers of the rock era has died. Jon Hiseman was a veteran of such ground-breaking groups as Colosseum (I and II), Tempest, John Mayal's Bleusbreakers, and was a founding member of the innovative large band United Jazz + Rock Ensemble. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Ukab Maerd - The Waiting Room – Spelled backwards it's Dream Baku, a shaded reference to Djam Karet's A Night for Baku CD from about eight years ago. This is an improvisational project featuring founding DK members Chuck Oken and...  (2011) » Read more



Listen & discover

New album from The Wrong Object



Print issues