Title - 'Clockwork Angels' (Roadrunner)
Artist - Rush
Clockwork Angels is, amazingly the 19th full-length studio album by Canadian rock band Rush (Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart). Released this past June on Roadrunner Records, their new musical home, the album was recorded in April 2010 at Blackbird Studio in Nashville, Tennessee and from October - December 2011 at Revolution Recording in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
The story is told that Clockwork Angels chronicles a young man's quest across a lavish and colorful world of steampunk and alchemy as he attempts to follow his dreams. The story features lost cities, pirates, anarchists, exotic carnival, and a rigid Watchmaker who imposes precision on every aspect of daily life.
The album begins with a slow build before we are knee deep in 'Caravan,' the first single to be released to radio. Then we get the storytelling of 'BU2B,' with the title cut following along next. The slow-plow of 'The Anarchist' follows, with the guitar-blazing 'Carnies' right behind.
The semi-sedate 'Halo Effect' is next, with the guitar-heavy 'Seven Cities Of Gold' backed by both the highly-smooth 'The Wreckers' and the album's second single, 'Headlong Flight' along next. A 1.27 recap of 'BU2B2' is next, before the album rounds out with both 'Wish Them Well' and the gently-sung 'The Garden.'