RUSH – Headlong Flight +3 (2012)

RUSH - Headlong Flight +3 (2012)


RUSH has unveiled details of its highly anticipated, new album, “Clockwork Angels”. This is the first release of original material in over five years and their first studio release via Anthem / Roadrunner records.

“Clockwork Angels”, the band’s 20th studio album, will be released on June 12th.

The recording of “Clockwork Angels” began in April 2010 with Grammy Award winning producer Nick Raskulinecz, and the full band co-producing as well.

Rush will herald the release with a new single taken from the album; “Headlong Flight”. This is great ‘new-classic’ Rush song, a return to their ’70s roots with a contemporary feel.

It is a headlong journey into an amazing 7 minutes and 21 seconds of pure, unadulterated Rush bliss, with Geddy Lee punishing that bass right before the guitar solo, Alex comes flying in with the wah pedal like the good old days and Neil is just tearing up his drum kit all the way through.

I don’t remember the last time a 7:20 song went by so quickly and flawlessly.

“Caravan” and “BU2B” are from the initial 2010 recording sessions, and will be included into the album as well.

“Caravan” opens with an ominous descending synthesizer sequence then explodes into a catchy riff that will immediately get your head bobbing. A track with an upbeat chorus and several contrasting instrumental sections.

“BU2B” is heavier yet accessible. The lyrics are another Neil Peart diatribe against religion – Christianity seems singled out in particular. The song is unrelenting: thumping beat, buzzing guitar and Geddy’s wailing with the only respite from the heavy grind in the bridge.

These guys could be relaxing in rocking chairs but they just keep on rock ‘n rolling.

Can’t wait for the rest of the “Clockwork Angels” album.

01. Headlong Flight [album version] (7:20)

02. Headlong Flight [radio edit] (5:08)

03. Caravan [album version] (5:41)

04. BU2B [single version] (4:23)

Geddy Lee – bass, keyboards, bass pedals, vocals

Alex Lifeson – guitars, keyboards

Neil Peart – drums, lyrics


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