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Snakes & Arrows Limited Edition

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Since releasing their self-titled debut album in 1974, Rush have been universally regarded as one of the most inventive and exciting groups in rock, famed for their virtuoso musicianship, epic sound-scapes, and dramatic lyricism. Snakes & Arrows is the first new collection of original material from Rush in nearly five years. The album was recorded in the fall of 2006 with Grammy Award-winner Nick Raskulinecz and Rush co-producing. Rush’s Geddy Lee says of the album: "It’s big, it’s bold, and I think it’s some of the best work we’ve done in years."

• The entire Snakes & Arrows album available in both 2.0 Advanced Resolution Stereo and in a 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound mix
• MP3 audio files of every song
• "The Game of Snakes & Arrows" video documentary on the making of the album
• "The Game of Snakes & Arrows" bio written by Neil Peart
• Photo Gallery
• Song Lyrics
• Snakes & Arrows poster (PDF)
• Digital Album Booklet (PDF) with complete liner notes
• Computer Wallpapers
• Instant Messenger Icons
• Ur-Tone® computer application – create custom ringtones of all 13 album tracks
• Album Updates – register to gain access to bonus content

Special Edition comes packaged in a deluxe box with a 32-page full-color booklet.

1. Far Cry
2. Armor & Sword
3. Workin’ Them Angels
4. The Larger Bowl
5. Spindrift
6. The Main Monkey Business
7. The Way The Wind Blows
8. Hope
9. Faithless
10. Bravest Face
11. Good News First
12. Malignant Narcissism
13. We Hold On

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A return to their former glory days, Snakes and Arrows shows this seminal prog rock band reclaiming some of the sonic territory that they'd lost over the past few years. It's not certain what contributed to this artistic rebirth, but Rush has crafted a historical and emotional odyssey that shows many both where they've been and where they're going--from the baroque soundscapes of "The Main Monkey Business," reminiscent of their earliest work to the seductive almost folkloric urgency of "The Way the Wind Blows," which is as dangerous, anxious, and prophetic as anything that Arcade Fire or Mars Volta is doing currently. Main Lyricist Neil Peart has spent the last decade getting over the death of his wife and daughter, and those tragic events have given his songwriting more depth and gravity as he explores the strengths and limitations of faith in both metaphoric and literal detail. While never didactic or ponderous, this disc is really an instruction manual for how one conducts themselves with grace and hope through unendurable pain and the vagaries of life. Gone is much of the shrillness of their earlier incarnations--Geddy Lee's trademark high pitch shrieks have mellowed considerably and Alex Lifesong's guitar playing has an assurance and freedom that can only come with age. --Jaan Uhelszki
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  • DVD Audio (June 26, 2007)
  • Please Note: This is a DVD-Audio disc which is playable on most DVD players as well as all DVD-Audio players. Click here for additional information regarding compatibility.
  • Original Release Date: June 5, 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (589 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,866 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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To begin with, let me say that the sound of Snakes & Arrows is fantastic. The mastering process seems to have been improved 100% since Vapor Trails in 2002. Generally the sound is thick and crisp. In terms of recording quality I think that it is the best sounding Rush album that there has ever been. Stylistically it is a hard rock album, probably the "hardest" record that Rush has made in a long time. The sound is very textured, thick and layered with lots of interesting sounds.

Musically they seem to want to avoid creating or playing anything that is too obvious or conventional. After 30+ years of making music I can see how the typical rock song would be boring for these master musicians. There is very little on this record that is "catchy" on the first few listens and sometimes a single song doesn't seem to hold itself together well, like the person who wrote the verse was working in a different room from the person who wrote the chorus. The melodies are unusual and will require some effort from casual listeners to appreciate. Some listeners may simply reject this music as non-melodic nonsense or noise, but as a Rush fan, I hope that this record is like a good piece of modern art, the more you examine it, the more fascinating it becomes. There are some great time signature changes in the song "Workin' Them Angels" and I really enjoy some parts of some of the songs.

Lyrically the record is rather dark and sad with themes of determinism and resignation in the face of all the evils of the world. They went from "I will choose freewill" in 1981 to "we can only grow the way the wind blows - we can only bow to the here and now or be broken down blow by blow.
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Coming about five years after their last studio record (2002's "Vapor Trails") and three since their last studio offering ('60s covers EP "Feedback"), Rush's 18th studio effort, "Snakes & Arrows", has been highly anticipated amongst the fan community, if nothing else due to producer Nick Raskulinecz's comments of this record being a return to the band's '70s sounds. I've found over the years there's a desire among fan bases to see band's recreate their old favorites rather than moving on-- witness the recent popularity of recreation of classic albums live, reunion tours, bands returning to their "classic sounds", etc. As someone who's all for progress and has always loved Rush primarily for their willingness to keep looking forward and finding new sounds, I can safely say I was a bit nervous. While their restlessness has produces its share of bunts over the years (1996's "Test For Echo" being the most recent), it's produced a number of great records that could only have existed with the bravery of changing sounds. I mean, we're talking about a band that redefined progressive metal ("2112", "A Farewell to Kings"), found commercial success ("Permanent Waves", "Moving Pictures") and abandoned it time and again to embrace everything from new wave ("Signals"), synth-driven rock ("Grace Under Pressure"), alternative (my personal favorite Rush record, "Counterparts") and a noisy, almost punk sound ("Vapor Trails"). Thankfully, upon listening, Raskulinecz wasn't quite correct.

What I suspect he was aluding to wasn't so much a return to a sound but rather to a way of working-- to complexity and layering, to many of the things that made those '70s Rush records so interesting but without regressing to create a "A Farewell to Kings" Part II.
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There are many positives about this recording. As always, the playing is great. Rush is a band of creative, skilled musicians; something we need more of these days. I also appreciate the variety of textures in each song. With only three band members, it can be easy to have the same sound all the time. This is clearly not the case with this recording. Geddy's singing, while it is not the reason people buy Rush CDs, is pretty good as well.

I was always a fan of "the good old days" of 2112, Permanent Waves and Moving Pictures, but I have always been open to what creative direction the group takes. There are a couple of issues I have with this recording, however, which were even more evident on the previous CD, Vapor Trails. The problem is that the music lacks direction. The songs are just "there" and don't seem to take the listener anywhere. In my analysis, there are two causes of this. First, the chords are not normally progressing chords that facilitate the tension and release that push music forward. Therefore, to establish the key they are in, they seem to return too often to the chord of the key they are in. The main chord in a key is always heard as a point of arrival. Since there are too many arrivals, there are too many places where any phrase could have ended, so the musical phrases seem to go on and on like a run-on sentence.

The other factor that contributes to the lack of direction in the music is the fact that there are virtually no silences in the songs. The volume and intensity level rarely breathe. It's like there is a constant underlying drone of sound in every song. Silences are needed to better set up accents and hits.
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