From a lyrical perspective, 1991's Roll the Bones is quite possibly Rush's darkest album (most of the songs deal with death in no uncertain terms), but from a musical point of view, the record treads territory (highbrow melodic hard rock) similar to its recent predecessors, with only a few surprises thrown in for good measure. These include an amusing rap section in the middle of the title track, a welcome return to instrumentals with "Where's my Thing?," and one of the band's finest songs of the '90s in the gutsy "Dreamline." "Neurotica" is another highlight which lives up to its title, and though their negative subject matter can feel stifling at times, fine tracks like "Bravado," "The Big Wheel," and "Heresy" feature wonderful melodies and arrangements.
Performance CreditsRush Primary Artist
Rupert Hine Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Geddy Lee Synthesizer,Bass Guitar,Vocals
Alex Lifeson Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Neil Peart Cymbals,Drums
Technical CreditsRush Arranger,Producer
Rupert Hine Arranger,Producer
Hugh Syme Art Direction
Stephen W. Tayler Engineer
Liam Birt Executive Producer
Joe Berndt Contributor,Digital Effects
Everett Ravestein Pre-production Assistant
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Great over all album
I have owned Roll the Bones since the 90's when it came out and these songs still sound great. Heresy is awesome, Roll the Bones, Bravado, Dreamline and Face Up are the highlights. If you do not own this cd, you need to add it to your collection. It is truely one of the best albums of any group from the 90's and a continuation of Rush's great sound. Good Job Guys!
When it first came out, I was skeptical. However, with each listen, Roll The Bones grew on me. And it was the last time that I liked every song on a Rush album, though Counterparts came very close. Rush had never before (and never since) written an album where every song had a solid melody -- and on Test For Echo, they apparently decided to forgo melody altogether. If you're looking for lots of odd time signatures, this isn't the album for you (and frankly little since the 70's has), but if you like well played, catchy, melodic rock music with good lyrics, then Roll the Bones is well worth picking up. Song highlights: 1. The Often Praised: Dreamline, Bravado, Roll The Bones 2. The underrated: Heresy, Ghost of A Chance, You Bet Your Life.
Some fans are in the habit of calling Roll the Bones the group's worst album. Not true, but it's certainly not their best either. The sound is similar to Presto, cleanly produced with equal amounts of ambient keys and slashing guitars. But most of the songs are merely passable, with the exceptions of 'Dreamline' (a real trip) and the anthemic 'Bravado'. The second half more or less flutters by without leaving much of an impression. Rush fans who tire of the better albums might check this disc out, but it's not the cream of the band's crop.
I love this album, great Rush music.Never get sick of this album.Rush is my altime favorite band and this album is great
One of Rush's great albums of the 90's .This would be perfect if there was no rap in the title track.What was Rush thinking?In the video for Roll the Bones it has a stupid skeleton rapping.I just don't know what they were going for.But there are bright moments on the album like Dreamline-a rockin' tune,The Big Wheel and Face Up-two other great songs.And Ghost of a Chance-a nice ballad that was thrown in the mix.Overall i'd probably rate this album at 95.5.Look into Rush's music from the 80's.Really good stuff!