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
Continue reading “Critical Collage: Rush vs. the Critics”
For some odd reason, a lot of Twitterers are coming here today to read an old letter I posted ages ago which Jonathan Richman sent to CREEM in 1973. I can’t let this moment pass without a) saying ‘welcome’ and b) pointing out that there is an entire section of these. And I should get off my fanny and put out a few more (I’ve … Continue reading Capitalizing on Our ‘Hits’
“Have you ever thought about how common it is for a music magazine to run a column about movies, and how many music critics are so in love with both movies and literature (popular, and otherwise), but how uncommon it is for music writers to be interested in architecture? “Just sayin’…” Continue reading From the Rockcritics Inbox
[Creem, Feb. 1974] Genesis of the term “pigfucker” as a rock critic perjorative — fascinating stuff. Continue reading Old Letters #16
[Creem, Feb. 1974] Hmm, Fred Mills… name sounds familiar. Continue reading Old Letters #15
Because we’ve been on something of a Mendels(s)ohnian kick today, here’s a chestnut from Rolling Stone, June ’71. “Ned?” Say what? Weirdest letter in Rolling Stone ever? Continue reading Old Letters #13
[Creem, Dec. 1971] Unless there are two Diana Ross fans named “Randy Taraborelli” I think we can safely assume this is the same guy. Continue reading Old Letters #12