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  • Audio CD (July 13, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • ASIN: B003P8JMQM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (201 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,195 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. My Favorite Headache
2. The Present Tense
3. Window To the World
4. Working At Perfekt
5. Runaway Train
6. The Angels' Share
7. Moving To Bohemia
8. Home On the Strange
9. Slipping
10. Still
11. Grace To Grace

Editorial Reviews

CD reissue of the first solo album from Rush vocalist/bassist Geddy Lee, originally released in 2000. Wounded Bird.

Customer Reviews

Musically, it works extremely well.
samuel jessup
It is a solo album by Rush's bass player and vocalist, Geddy Lee.
Joker
For some reason this song sounds good to me too.
Peter Heisey

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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful By David J. Huart on December 5, 2000
Format: Audio CD
4.5 stars actually.
Make no mistake, "My Favorite Headache" is NOT a preview of the next Rush album. It can and does stand on it's (or the bands) own two feet. Songs like "Still", "The Angels Share" & "Grace to Grace" are tasteful personal statements for Geddy, definitely outside the realm of Rush in my opinion. The lyrics on this record make for a lot of the difference; Neil Peart pens 96% of Rush lyrics. Geddy's lyrics are not so masked in Peart's more cryptic style. Though rhyming nihilistic with realistic does remind me a bit of Neil <smile>.
Rush fans will no doubt love MFH still, and it should attract some folks less familiar with Rush. Sonically MFH does have some very Rushlike moments, how could it not? The title track for instance, but I congratulate Geddy in that as well. He has been in "that" band for 80% of his life after all. In addition, "Window to the World", though lighter, reminds me at times of the wonderfully melodic "Half the World" from Rush's "Test For Echo".
There is a cohesive band feel to this record too. Though it is obviously Geddy Lee, it's not just Geddy's playing and singing. There are other wonderful players here, and Geddy is careful to "hush" and allow them to express themselves often. Ben Mink and Geddy simply must work together again.
I feel sorry for those who turn their nose up without a listen, because they dislike Rush. They will miss a finely crafted modern rock album by a guy who knows how to do it right.
Congratulations Geddy, this is simply a wonderful album. It comes through that you enjoyed working with these musicians and they with you. I wish you all success and good fortune.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Tracey on November 14, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This CD is incredible. Being a fan of Rush's for over 20 years, I was eagerly awaiting this release and "My Favourite Headache" did NOT let me down. From the thunderous opening bass lines in MFH, to the last chord in "Grace to Grace" this is Geddy Lee at his finest. His vocals sound great! "The Angel's Share" is one of my favorite. It's an Acoustic beauty. I think what Ged is talking about here is Angels and other entities having control over our lives. It's really beautiful. "Slipping" is a total departure from anything we might expect from any member of Rush. It's a bona fide love song and a quite beautiful one at that :) "Runway Train" is definite straight rock and roll..this definitely has "hit" written all over it and a video to this song would be great too. "Home on the Strange", "Grace to Grace", "Moving to Bohemia", "The Present Tense", "Window to the World", "Working at Perfekt", round out this killer CD. Matt Cameron and Ben Mink are superb as well. Without a doubt I recommend running to the music store to purchase this CD whether you're a Rush fan or not. This is truly rock and roll at it's finest.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Hodges on November 27, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Admittedly, I had some fears about picking this album up. Geddy was my hero in High School, but I am also a realist. Test for Echo was not my favorite Rush project and overall I did not like Lifeson's Victor. I carried around My Favorite Headache in my sweaty palm for about forty-five minutes tossing around the possibilities.
Opening the liner notes in the car generated some hope. It appeals to me when an artist "creates" a band for an album. Sometimes solo projects fall into the trap of having one song performed by one set of musicians, and another by another. This approach usually results in an uneven album (I think Victor suffered from this). I knew that Matt Cameron (Soundgarden) played some drums, but he and Ben Mink actually form the core of what could be considered the "Geddy Lee Band" (with one exception - Jeremy Taggart from Our Lady Peace on "Home on the Strange"). This "band" approach helps to give a recording continuity within itself.
Overall, the playing is great, and is possibly the album's greatest asset. Geddy sounds in top form. It's striking to hear Geddy play with a different drummer than Peart, especially one that grooves like Cameron. You can get a pretty good idea of where he's been headed with the funkier approach that has been appearing on more recent Rush recordings. Mink has some fantastic contributions, as well. Strangely, some of his guitar playing is reminiscent of Larry "Herb" LaLonde's (Primus): generally subdued, but essential to the overall atmosphere of the work.
None of this surprised me. I did not doubt that the playing would be at the very least above average. My fears came from the writing department.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Brenner on November 30, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Most of the positive reviews sum up my thoughts on this CD. But I have to admit, I love it when a CD exceeds my expectations, and this one does just that.
I have been a Rush fan since "Hemispheres" came out way back when, and on the first listen this CD gave me the same great feeling that every Rush album has through the years. I didn't expect that, and it turned out to be a very pleasant surprise.
I highly recommend this CD not only to Rush fans, but to people who are tired of today's boring dirge and long to hear some genuine talent.
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