SUBDIVISIONS: A TRIBUTE TO RUSH
Tribute albums are very much hit or miss. They are usually really average, or really bad. Only a select few end up being considered truly worthwhile releases, and for the most part, most of us that buy them from time to time usually end up trading them three months later. But every once in a great while, a good one comes along. SUBDIVISIONS is a good one.
Now, let me start off by stating that I'm not a huge Rush fan. While no one can ever say they "hate" Rush, you either worship them or can tolerate them in one-song doses. Like everyone else in the world, I don't turn the classic rock station when "Tom Sawyer" or "Spirit Of Radio" come on. At the same time, I own exactly one Rush release - CHRONICLES - and that rarely gets pulled from the racks. But, I am a big fan of Sebastian Bach's voice, so I figured I would give this a shot. What I found were some really worthy covers of Rush classics from some of the biggest names in 80s metal.
As I stated, I'm a Baz fan. That being said, his work on "Lakeside Park" is tremendous. In typical Bach form, he spits out the most attitude filled version of this song I've ever heard. He doesn't try at all to do a Geddy Lee impression, instead content to rock out as he's always done. It's a great musical moment, as is his other song, "Tom Sawyer". With Bach's raw edge vocals on this one, it goes from a solid rocker to a mean song.
While Bach's songs are good, the best performance on the CD has to go to a surprising winner - Kip Winger. For the record, I always felt Winger got a very bad deal thanks to Beavis and Butthead and their really gay videos. But Kip could always sing, and sing well. His cool crooned vocals on "Limelight" are excellent, while he shines brightly again on "Spirit Of Radio". Zebra's Randy Jackson checks in and does some solid work on "Subdivisions" and "Distant Early Warning", while Warrant vocalist Jani Lane checks in with some spirited versions of "Bastille Day" and "The Temples Of Syrinx"...a very interesting choice of a Rush song to cover. Overall, each song is well presented; extended in some parts while holding true to the spirit of Rush throughout. It's just a damn good release.