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March 12, 2007

Rush – “Far Cry” single and album details slip out

Filed under: General — Tom @ 11:00 am

Thanks to the ever-watchful RushIsABand.com, Rush fans are urged to click this link fast and grab the official mp3 from the official Rush site for the new single from Snakes & Arrows, due May 1. Do it now before they remove the file and then you’re sorry – you’re going to want to hear this. It’s good – while there’s no big surprise in store here, it solidly follows on from what Vapor Trails began and incorporates a bit of the gentler textures that Test For Echo explored. And here’s the album artwork:

And the tracklisting:

1. Far Cry
2. Armor and 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

I have to admit, the titles are a little worrisome. “Workin’ Them Angels” is the title of an absolutely awful poem of Peart’s that opened his book Traveling Music, and things like “Malignant Narcissism” don’t especially roll off the tongue – let’s hope that’s one of the reportedly three instrumentals the albums boasts. I will remain optimistic, as always, when it comes to Rush – even a low point, like Test For Echo, is only a relative low point.

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4 Comments »

  1. Bryan Beller and Pearl Jam called. They want their album art concept back.

    Comment by Chris — March 14, 2007 @ 7:23 am | Reply

  2. Yeah, it really is too bad how similar that is to Yield, isn’t it? I don’t quite see View (close, however, but the road-into-infinity thing isn’t exactly a new concept, either,) but it’s damn near identical to Yield.

    Comment by Tom — March 14, 2007 @ 11:04 am | Reply

  3. […] But I must keep in mind that Neil does mention that he researches the album title and artwork to make sure that it’s somewhat unique, and Syme’s road/arrows/snake artwork really wasn’t. As Chris pointed out in a comment previously, it’s almost identical to Pearl Jam’s Yield cover, and I think the band probably would have gotten a lot of flak for that: […]

    Pingback by lookout for hope | static on your frequency » Blog Archive » Neil Peart’s latest essay and the cover art “controversy” — March 28, 2007 @ 8:12 am | Reply

  4. Fuck Pearl Jam! They’re non-relevant. The cover is NOT identical. Lame oh’s!

    Comment by neil — November 6, 2007 @ 1:22 pm | Reply


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