Posted by s woods on March 5, 2013
A by no means comprehensive or conclusive survey of a Canadian power trio who once upon a time (much less so now) got under the skins of more rock critics than any other rock or pop artist going.
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- Creem, June 1981
“For the record, those three are drummer Neil Peart, who writes all the band’s lyrics and takes fewer solos than might be expected; guitarist Alex Lifeson, whose mile-a-minute buzzing is more numbing than exciting; and bassist, keyboardist and singer Geddy Lee, whose amazingly high-pitched wailing often sounds like Mr. Bill singing heavy metal. If only Mr. Sluggo had been on hand to give these guys a couple good whacks…”
- Steve Pond, review of Rush live in Los Angeles, Rolling Stone, 1980
Geddy Lee’s high-register vocal style has always been a signature of the band – and sometimes a focal point for criticism, especially during the early years of Rush’s career when Lee’s vocals were high-pitched, with a strong likeness to other singers like Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin. A review in the New York Times opined that Lee’s voice ‘suggests a munchkin giving a sermon.’ Although his voice has softened over the years, it is often described as a ‘wail.’ His instrumental abilities, on the other hand, are rarely criticized.
- Wikipedia entry on Rush
- Mark Coleman and Ernesto Lechner, The New Rolling Stone Album Guide, 2004
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Posted by s woods on January 25, 2013
I can’t say I’m familiar with the writing of Montreal Gazette rock critic, Juan Rodriguez, but the paper is currently giving him more-than-ample space to reflect on his life as a rock writer, for which, in the shrinking-word-count world in which we live in, they should certainly be commended. Juan Rodriguez’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Life is a seven-part series running in the Gazette between now and March. Along with Rodriguez’s essays, the series includes playlists and archived photos. The first instalment was a good read mostly for Rodriguez’s musings on early rock radio, the second goes up sometime today, and the fourth instalment (still a couple weeks away) is titled, “The Critic Must Die”–so there’s more to look forward to.
This recent musing by Rodriguez*, what do you know, contains excellent bits on Sgt. Pepper, plus a great quote from Meltzer:
“A lot of what happened in the ’60s felt very miraculous, like it was coming out of nowhere. You didn’t have ‘rock-surround’ yet. There was no full map, but it was certainly in massive discontinuity (with) what had been encouraged before, in terms of artistic output. It wasn’t even like anyone was making art — it was just an emanation of self, like breathing, sweating.”
* from part 2
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Posted by s woods on July 1, 2011
40 Years Later, Has Rush Won Out Over Critics?
Ward Bait (Hi, Steven!).
Also, Happy, Um, Canada Day.
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