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Review: Rush - Clockwork Angels

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It's astounding when you think of it: one of the greatest "prog rock bands" in history waited until their 20th studio album in their fourth decade of existence to record their first "concept" album. The elements of the concept album have been staples of their sound -- epic song lengths, complicated, possibly esoteric storylines, etc -- but Clockwork Angels is their first attempt at the conceit so common among bands considered their peers. That's all fine and good but let’s get something straight from the outset: the story is, by far, secondary to the music of Clockwork Angels.  It’s obvious upon that