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
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.