Rush's Headlong Flight Now Streaming Online!
Update (04/20/2012 1:30PM EST): Check out the review of Headlong Flight from Ultimate Classic Rock - a rating of 8 out of 10!
Update (04/19/2012 8:00AM EST): Rush has officially released a video - with lyrics - of Headlong Flight. You can watch it below.
Update (2:20PM EST): Thanks to the efforts of readers Skip Daly and Melissa Missy Williamson, we now have a preliminary view of the lyrics behind the Headlong Flight single. Check them out HERE.
Rolling Stone, of all sources, has just released the FULL VERSION of Rush's new single Headlong Flight on their website.
From Rolling Stone:"Headlong Flight," the first single from Rush's 20th studio album Clockwork Angels, is one of the trio's most hard-charging numbers in recent years. "'Headlong Flight' was one of those songs that was a joy to write and record from beginning to end," says frontman Geddy Lee. "Alex [Lifeson] and I had blast jamming in my home studio one day before the second leg of the Time Machine tour, and I did not revisit that jam until a year later. Alex and I assembled the song to be an instrumental and its original title was 'Take That Lampshade Off Yo Head!," but once we saw the lyrics Neil [Peart] had written, I knew that the spirit of the lyrics matched the instrumental perfectly and it was just a matter of making them fit and writing the melodies."Have a listen and share your thoughts and comments below!
Thanks to Mary Palumbo and Eric from Power Windows for passing along the news.
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Killer!!!!!! This album is going to be epic! I don't know what else to say other than this is one of the best Rush songs I have ever heard. Jim in SeattleReplyDelete
Wow, just wow. The drums the bass the lead guitar all awesome. Heard some kind of By-Tor esque vocals in the backgrounds. Can't wait to hear this entire concept album and piece the story together from what we've heard so far. You can bet your sweet ass we'll be hearing headlong flight on this years tour.ReplyDelete
fletch from Ga.
The song is so damn good, I feel like I'm going to pass out.ReplyDelete
That has "Permanent Waves" threads all through it... for me, that's a great thing! Love the tones and textures. It's like Natural Science got thrown in a blender with the whole of Snakes and Arrows....Quite nice.ReplyDelete
Yeah, the change-ups are great! There's a lot of "Driven" from Counterparts riff-wise. I like the Boss PH-1r Phaser at the end of the solo. Intro has a lot of "Farcry" in it too.ReplyDelete
Driven is test for echo, though both albums are some of my favorite s :)Delete
I thought I would never say such blasphemy, but Neil let me down. The lyrics are bland, and his drum fills seem a little flat. I love the other two singles!ReplyDelete
My first listen was "meh". Now here's the thing: Caravan and BU2B captivated me instantly the first time I heard them (just like Far Cry). But for me, it usually takes a few (or even a few dozen) listens for me to take a Rush song from "meh" to proclaim that it's musically "catchy" or even "awesome". Granted, sometimes it just doesn't happen. Bravest Face is a recent example. Not a bad song. I usually skip it though when I listen to Snakes & Arrows. All I can say is give it another chance (or a few dozen)! Currently I am really getting into this barn burner of a song. Still, I do agree that Neil could have done better with the drum fills. But I can't bitch too much because I think he's more than made up for that with his fills on Caravan! Now why the hell couldn't he have played like that on Vapor Trails??Delete
I've given it numerous listens. Mostly because it pains me to dislike a Rush song. I'm really trying. It just seems so fragmented. The entire song is like an ode to Rush's evolution as a band. I miss the Hold Your Fire type lyrics! Write like that, Neil. Geddy, however, is on point! Ripping bass riff!ReplyDelete
Lyrically (and in the context of what we know about "clockwork Angels") this song is obviously the protagonist's crossing over/death/ journey to heaven/ getting to look behind the curtain/ next phase of life, etc.... Given where it falls in the track line up, and it being preceded by an instrumental, it seems much like 2112 in that there are songs about life, life's journey, some kind of revelation, an emotional death, a passage, a new revelation, and the beginning of a new journey. I understand that the lyrics may not be "inspirational" but they are meant to be exposition. They are one part of a larger whole, and are written in a single character's voice... Make sense? Don't judge the whole by a single part.... :)ReplyDelete
I really like your Ideas! I couldn't agree more.Delete
Rush are the Devil's work! Job 3:24! All who enjoy are doomed!!!!!!ReplyDelete
Go get a Job.Delete
You listeners that are unsatisfied with Dr. Peart's playing on Headlong Flight are certainly expressing your opinion, and I'm glad to read it. However, a trained percussionist is mighty impressed. Technical proficiency doesn't always mean hitting every surface a million miles an hour. His snare work on this song is a clinic for anyone seeking a PhD in snare rudiments, time keeping, and control. Also, if you're wondering why the lyrical pattern of life, death, and renewal you should do a little reading about what he's been through. It's incredible what a supernova can produce! Thank you Rush for another incredible burst of pure talent. I'm faithless!ReplyDelete
Jesus spoke to me! Rush is the guise of Satan. The music will suck you all into a whirlwind of despair! Revelations 2:5!ReplyDelete
I am an old-ish Rush fan - I've been listening since about 1978. Headlong Flight dooes exactly what it says on the box - it is a dash from young to old, a remembering, a longing, and most of all a celebration of survival. This music is sublime. There are melodies, crashes, tempo changes, an odd relentles nature that feels like an almost tangible insight into the minds of the three gentlemen. I commend it to the attention of anyone who wants to listen to contemporary music that will not fade and die like a firework. Rush wrote songs with longevity in mind - and this one captures that mood.ReplyDelete