"...their most honest and organic rock & roll record...the Rush masterpiece of the '90s"
Rush's 1993 release, Counterparts is the band's fifteenth studio album and their highest charting album in the US, peaking at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. With the electronic era ending the band reunited with producer, Peter Collins and this album fully embraced the guitar as the main driver behind the music. Counterparts features some of Alex Lifeson's most inspired guitar playing. Geddy Lee's distinctive bass moved into a more traditional rock and roll sounding natural, smooth and powerful and his confidence as a vocalist allows him full control over his range. Neil Peart's groove oriented style drumming continued his transition from the progressive 70's and flashy 80's.
The primary focus of Counterparts' lyrics feature dark and emotional themes mainly about relationships between men and women and Neil Peart pulls it off with some of the best writing of his career. The classic, pure hard rock "Cold Fire" is one of the finest relationship songs he has ever written with line after line of great dialogue between the two main characters in the song. Some songs are heavy such as "Animate" and the #1 Mainstream Rock track, "Stick it Out." Other highlights include the mostly acoustic hit "Nobody's Hero" which provides the album's most gripping moment with an impassioned plea for HIV consciousness and understanding - "Between The Sun And Moon," "The Speed Of Love" and "Double Agent" with Geddy Lee's strange spoken word style and the funky "Leave That Thing Alone" that earned a Grammy nomination for "Best Instrumental."
Experimentation abounds on this fun album, with a lot of varied, intriguing, and successful material making it a worthy addition to any Rush collection.