My Favorite Headache

My Favorite Headache

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by Geddy Lee
     
 

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The master of Canadian space-rock took 25 years to get around to making his first solo record -- and, if you're a dedicated follower of Rush-dom, it's well worth the wait. My Favorite Headache doesn't really share much common ground with Geddy's "other" gig in terms of pure sonics, but the spirit of adventure is as unmistakable as thatSee more details below

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The master of Canadian space-rock took 25 years to get around to making his first solo record -- and, if you're a dedicated follower of Rush-dom, it's well worth the wait. My Favorite Headache doesn't really share much common ground with Geddy's "other" gig in terms of pure sonics, but the spirit of adventure is as unmistakable as that soaring voice. From the quirky, skittering title track, which has echoes of Radiohead and atonal new wave, to the lush, intricately arranged melodic lattice of "The Angel's Share," the songs unfold gradually, offering up little nuggets of innovation at virtually every turn. The string arrangements, handled by longtime pal Ben Mink (formerly of prog stalwarts FM), add a surprising set of textures to the material, whether it be darkly abstract ("Working @ Perfekt") or buoyant ("Home on the Strange"). Lee himself moves in some offbeat directions as well, locking into grooves that are considerably funkier than anything that's ever appeared on a Rush album and tossing in enough world music elements to qualify My Favorite Headache for frequent-flyer miles.

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All Music Guide - Greg Prato
Aside from the 1998 live set Different Stages, not much was heard from Rush after their tour wrapped up in support of their last studio album two years prior, Test for Echo. But in 2000, Rush fans starving for some new material got their wish when bassist/singer Geddy Lee issued his first-ever solo album, My Favorite Headache. Lee is joined by ex-Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron (who sounds almost identical to Rush drummer Neal Peart) and ex-FM guitarist/violinist Ben Mink, and both help Lee craft a record that resembles what a new Rush album would've sounded like. The album-opening title track is unquestionably the best cut here -- a cacophonic Primus-ish hard rock section switches with a laid-back, symphonic piece -- while such rockers as "The Present Tense," "Working at Perfekt," "Home of the Strange," and the ballad "Slipping" could've easily fit on such '90s Rush albums as Counterparts and Test for Echo. My Favorite Headache will help hold over longtime fans of the Canadian prog trio.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/14/2000
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0075678338427
catalogNumber:
83384

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Geddy Lee   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Matt Cameron   Drums
John Friesen   Cello
Ben Mink   Acoustic Guitar,Violin,Electric Guitar,Viola
Jeremy Taggart   Drums
Chris Stringer   Percussion

Technical Credits

Adam Kasper   Engineer
Geddy Lee   Programming,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements
David Leonard   Producer,Engineer
Ben Mink   Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements
Howie Weinberg   Mastering
Ed Wilson   Programming,Engineer
Denis Tougas   Engineer
Sam Hofstedt   Engineer

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