I can understand reviews that Clockwork Angels falls short of expectations. Rush are a massive part of my life. I have been eagerly awaiting this album for a very, very long time.
When it finally was within my grasp straight it went - in the CD player ... and i was confused. This was not the Rush i was used to. By all accounts it is slightly darker-sinister, very rich, mature, fresh and beautifully crafted. It was surprising.
After reading the excerpts from Neil, Geddy and Alex in the fanpack regarding the whole story it began to make a lot of sense. Then a look into the lyrics - and oh my god - what a story. The Megadon is gone, its future traded for a steampunk alternative. Stunning.
Musically, since this is a concept album, the first true one ever by Rush. It is totally unbound and it seems that the remorsefulness and grieving aspects from Snakes n Arrows and Vapour Trails is just lifted and they have simply done what they want. The result is astonishing.
The upcoming tour will focus on this album and hopefully their previous stuff too - as fans will never tire of hearing the epics live. The last tour played moving pictures as it was the anniversary tour.
In conclusion every Rush fan will be over the moon at this outing
Especially as it leaves so much scope for more. Enjoy