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Counterparts [Original recording remastered, Import]

Rush Audio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
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The production on Counterparts is a bit too smooth, which means that the passion that normally infuses Rush's music (and prevents it from being too coldly intellectual) is weakened. The songs themselves are good, including the singles "Animate", "Nobody's Hero", and "Stick It Out". Other standouts are "Cut to the Chase" and "Cold Fire". Though Rush's brand of slick, sophisticated progressive rock isn't exactly trendy, it is what they do best, and they've wisely stuck to it. Therefore, although Counterparts isn't on a par with Moving Pictures or Permanent Waves, it's still a strong effort. --Genevieve Williams

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5.0 out of 5 stars SACD review! Jan. 11 2013
By Stephen Bieth TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This the first album Rush started to move back to their power trio roots. Except for Show Don't Tell on Presto this the heaviest Rush got until the last couple of records. Was not sure about this one until a friend told me to give it another try. Glad I did because it's an excellent SACD. As for the SACD it sounds great. Only in stereo but the bass has much more of a presence here then the current domestic CD. If you are a fan and have equipment to play it I promise you will love it.
Hopefully there will be more but it's hard to say what if any they might be. Between the early catolog being reissues in 5.1 and the fact that Rush's new material is their strongest in years I doubt very much it's at the top of their list.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Their best since Moving Pictures Dec 21 2003
Format:Audio CD
Counterparts continued Rush's return to the heavy sound of their earlier releases. While their albums from 2112 to Moving Pictures were fantastic all the way through, most of their subsequent albums were uneven, even though the musicianship was always stellar. Counterparts was their first album since Moving Pictures that was strong all the way through, containing no mediocre tracks.
The uptempo "Animate" starts out the album with a bang and hints at the heavier direction of the album. Geddy Lee's bass playing is in fine form throughout, particularly on "The Speed Of Love" and on the instrumental "Leave That Thing Alone." His vocals are also in fine form, especially on the excellent ballad "Nobody's Hero." Neil Peart's drumming continues to be impressive and his lyrics on many of the tracks, particularly on "Nobody's Hero", are among his most personal. Alex Lifeson continues to be pushed closer to the spotlight and his solos on the heavier cuts "Cut To The Chase" and "Alien Shore" are among his best. His background vocals are also more prevalent here than previous albums. Other strong tracks here include "Open Fire", "Double Agent", "Between Sun & Moon" and their ode to grunge, "Stick It Out." There are no instant classics here, like "Tom Sawyer" or "The Spirit Of Radio", but this is certainly one of Rush's more consistent albums and is definitely worth checking out.
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Geddy is still using the Wal bass, but here it sounds so much better than on the previous few albums. Alex is still using Paul Reed Smith guitars to great effect. It seems that Engineer Kevin Shirley was able to really bring out the strengths of those instruments.

Overall the album has a warm, luxurious sound. The drums are full and thundering, unlike the previous couple of albums. Alex is playing in the mid- and lower-range which really pushes Geddy down into the lower registers where his bass really shines. The improvement over the last couple of albums is immediately obvious.

The boys are BACK!

This new sound really comes across in the opening track, "Animate". They really rock out for the first time in a long time--probably not since 'Hemispheres'. In certain places Geddy takes the beat and enables Neil to focus on some incredible fills. This song reminds me of some of the most powerful parts of '2112'.

"Stick It Out" has a really cool opening with a simple, biting riff and loads of feedback. Like "Animate", this is a solid rocker with some of Geddy's best singing on the album. I am fondly reminded of "Cygnus X-1". It is also very "Zepplin-esque". Alex burns up the solo!

The album continues with one great song after another! "Cut to the Chase" rocks out with beautiful doubling of bass and guitar in the opening riff. Again I am fondly reminded of "Cygnus X-1".

Then comes "Nobody's Hero". Erk! This song just doesn't belong beside "Cut to the Chase". It is too simple and melodic. It kills the momentum of the album. It really should have been grouped with "Alien Shore" and "The Speed of Love". "Hero" is a nice little song, but a bit over dramatic and over produced compared to the first three tracks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still rockin solid July 3 2004
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Format:Audio CD
In my eyes, there are four different types of Rush fans.
1)Those that think that they like Rush because they've heard some of their songs and think they sound cool, but still don't really appreciate Neil's lyrical genius, or the entire trio's musical ingenuity.
2)Those that just think that Rush could never do better than Moving Pictures
3)Those that think the band has serious musical talent but can't stand Geddy's voice, and finally
4)Those who buy every cd they have ever released, eat, drink, breath, and sleep their music, have every single lyric memorized, and would do just about anything to get to meet the band.
I consider myself a member of the fourth group, as I fit almost all of that criteria, and becuaes none of the other three are close to me. People who think that Counterparts is a bad album, or not their best or slightly less than what they are capable of achieving should find themselves in the first three groups. Any fan who is true to the band, and who understands and appreciates both the entire trio's musical talents, as well as Neil's sheer lyrical genius should know that this is another winner. This band has been making the best music around for a long time, and they continue to do so with this album. Some say that some of the songs are lacking in various areas, and to those people I say this: Are you out of your mind? This is some of my favorite Rush material ever. The powerful opening tracks(Animate, Stick it Out, and Cut to the Chase) demonstrate Alex's ability to write strong, moving riffs, and almost shows Neil's ever present skill behind a drum kit. The ballads of the album(Nobody's Hero, Speed of Love, and Everyday Glory) clearly show Neil's talent in lyric writing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best album of Rush's fourth phase
Rush's album Counterparts was released in October of 1993. The album was the band's first since 1991's Roll the Bones and first with returning producer Peter Collins since 1985's... Read more
Published on June 21 2004 by Terrence J Reardon
2.0 out of 5 stars Absolute lyrical cheese...
In my 15+ years of listening and buying this bands albums I can not for the life of me understand peoples ethusiasm for this record. Read more
Published on June 1 2004 by selffate
4.0 out of 5 stars distant relations
as with most rush albums once you start playing them you cant stop playing them.As most of my friends just want to hear MOVING PICTURES PART 10 all the time i say rush wouldnt be... Read more
Published on May 21 2004 by jamie carroll
4.0 out of 5 stars Rush's Devolution
First we must recognize that there are two classes of Rush fans: the ones who think that that Rush a heavy metal band that reached its pinnacle with Moving Pictures and those that... Read more
Published on April 28 2004 by Robert Harding
5.0 out of 5 stars Rush : " Counterparts"
This is an excellent release by Rush. I really think that "Counterparts" is very highly underrated. It has one of the strongest vibes of any Rush release to date IMO. Read more
Published on Feb. 14 2004 by Masked Jackal
2.0 out of 5 stars "Don't swallow the poison!"
Well, they asked for it. Peter Collins and his glossy production trying to make Rush into something they are not. Read more
Published on Jan. 14 2004 by D. Knouse
4.0 out of 5 stars Took a little warming up too...but worth the effort.
This album is a little "cold" for Rush...not that they are known for their warmth! But it feels just a bit more slick that usual. Read more
Published on Nov. 20 2003 by RMurray847
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated and Overrated Simultaneously
Counterparts(1993). Rush's fifteenth studio album.
By now, Rush has gone through no less than 4 phases in their entire 30 year career span. Read more
Published on Nov. 4 2003 by M. B. Link
4.0 out of 5 stars You Won't Be Able To Leave This Thing Alone
After roughly ten years of crafting slick synth/pop records of varying quality, Rush started moving towards a more organic approach with 1989's Presto and 1991's Roll the Bones. Read more
Published on Oct. 28 2003 by Wil
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