Rush – Roll the Bones Reviews

Roll the Bones

Rush’s return to progressive hard rock continued with Roll the Bones, though there’s still a bit of synth work (notably on the title track). The music flows like a well-oiled machine, and with Rush, that’s an asset, particularly when the material is this good. The songs are mostly up-tempo, with the intellectually oriented themes and musical structure that Rush is famous for. Especially memorable are “Dreamline,” “Face Up,” “Big Wheel,” and “Neurotica,” but everything here is good. (more…)

13 responses to “Rush – Roll the Bones Reviews”

  1. Sabrina says:

    “Roll the Bones,” in my ears, is the first time in a long time that all elements of the band come together – after experimenting with softer sounds and clean sounds on the last few sentences, and Synth Rock-driven, that Rush seems to have found a good balance with “Roll the Bones.” With Lee's confident vocal delivery of unparallel musicianship, great songs, great lyrics and (finally!) Large agreements, Rush has an album as good as the work she had done a decade earlier.
      A trend with Rush albums is that they seem to be, I enjoy the songs up on the front of the album, “Dream Line,” opening this is no exception – What a Great Song, churning verses intrusion into a driving chorus, blazing guitar solo, its a song to be born, is one of the highway rolling (probably a bit too fast at that …). The band shifts gears in the rolling grooves of “Bravado”, a major-minor Ballade, clearly showing how much better if they'd like to take this form rather than on “Presto”. After this is one of the most interesting parts on a Rush album, the title track, “Roll the Bones.” Funky rhythms, synth hits, between acoustic guitars and a bizarre rap make a completely unique in the Rush catalog. There is a lot of fun – this is an element of the band that started at this point is the fact they could have fun, but beyond that there is a great piece, stellar vocals, and a compulsively funky basslines by large Game of Lifeson and Peart.
      So this was a pretty golden “Start”, the album has sort of drift net fishing after that – like the old Rush albums, none of the material is really bad, it works They simply do not work – - “Face Down”, “Where's My Thing?” (the latter is an instrument – first on a Rush album since “YYZ” on moving images), a pair of funky songs, as I have said audible and really good album tracks, but not noteworthy. Ditto for “The Big Wheel,” “heresy” and “Neurotica.”
      But there is yet another gem in here too, the breathtaking “Ghost a chance” – a simple love ballad, a real rarity on Rush albums (the only other I can me before this is 1980, “Entre Nous”), which is really a pretty sweet song, and for a band that does not really understand these issues, they succeed very well.
      Bottom Line, “Roll the Bones” is a great record, probably the best the band has in eight years or so at this point. Recommended.

  2. Anderson says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great CD
    I saw Rush on this tour and it is still one of my favorite Rush CD.

  3. Madeleine says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    I knew I liked the album already…
    I ordered this CD with 4 other Rush CDs (Remasters) and all but one of them had a cracked case. In closing:
    1)Roll the Bones-5 stars
    2)Amazon’s packaging-1 star

  4. Ulysses says:

    This album seems to be slagged by many people, and I do not really understand why. Rush has only done what many other true artists have done, which grow and develop. Here again Rush progressive hard rock with less synths, and the songs are usually around the 5-minute mark. Each track here is great, but my personal favorite is “heresy” with vocal overdubs and ethereal soundscapes, the brand in its most beautiful Rush. Also check out: “Where's My Thing,” “Rush back to instrumental music. Not as striking as YYZ and La Villa, but still great and refreshing to hear. The title track, which reminds me of something John Lennon could have written for some reason. “The Big Wheel” and “Ghost Of A Chance” also, but everything here is very good, as I said.
      I can not find much, if at all, not with this album. It's just a prime example of a band, which grow and personally, and I am satisfied with the results.

  5. Anonymous says:

    3.0 out of 5 stars
    3.5 stars for Roll The Bones
    In many ways Presto and Roll The Bones are sonic sisters of sorts, which isn’t too surprising given that both albums share the production values instilled two years prior by the…

  6. Gioia says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Rush – the evolution continue
    I am a fan of Rush for 25 years and one of the most devoted – last year I attended seven shows of the Snakes & Arrows tour!

  7. Victoria says:

    This review is from: Rolling Bones (Audio CD) < ; / b> I'm tired of people rating Rush recent albums on the basis of their past works. Without question, the most recent albums such as Hemispheres and Moving Pictures were fantastic, but my goodness, GET OVER it in reviewing recent efforts Rush! No band that I know, about the generations better than Rush, why hold them to their past? That means rolling bones is another pioneering effort of the group. That is why they so many, always ready to try something else to try to expand their own musical talents while grinning at the mainstream music buerocracy. . . . a true indication of a band still in its prime, confident, conscious and powerful. The title tune, roll the bones, is wonderful, and I think, cautiously happy – to say, “Live, Damn it!” And no time to wonder why we are here, or as we here. More than ever, this album seems to communicate “Follow your dreams” and the band doing just that. Can you imagine what we get when the guys decided, 'Well you know, “Where is my thing” is good, but just not the Necromancer, so they can scrap. “? So appreciate it now, while they are still with us.

  8. Jovanna says:

    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Comme ci, comme ca
    ROLL THE BONES was the last and most commercially successful of Rush’s pop albums. This doesn’t make it one of the band’s better offerings, however.

  9. Tacy says:

    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Decent Rush Album
    Rush is the living legend. The band attracts so much enthusiam by some but neglected by many. My first Rush purchase is Vapor Trail in 2002 and this one is my second encounter to…

  10. Nuala says:

    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Middle of the road
    This album starts out fantastically — “Dreamline” is easily one of the best songs the band has ever done, while “Bravado” and the title track maintain a high standard.

  11. Anonymous says:

    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Rush – Why Are We Here……Because We’re Here……
    Rush’s first album of the 90’s would be another disc that would divide their fan base. Although I don’t rank it up with the band’s absolute best I have always enjoyed it.

  12. Jago says:

    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Rush falls off a cliff with this one
    Rush’s worst album since Caress of Steel brought to an abrupt end a very strong run of releases that had begun with Hemispheres in 1978.

  13. Annabelle says:

    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Good Workout Music!
    I discovered Rush late in life. I never longed for a new release to hit the music stores. Once I heard my first Rush album, I was hooked.

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