Geddy's solo album from the hiatus of Rush. It's no Rush album and Ben Mink is no Alex Lifeson, but the similarities in song craftmanship are definitely there and it all works well enough. Even the strings on today's selection, which I like.
This album was a good way to tide both Geddy and Rush fans over until the Rush restart, and was an effective vehicle for these softer, introspective songs from Geddy that truthfully would not have been entirely out of place on Counterparts or Test for Echo.
Good then, that this came when it did, because only two months after this was released, Neil Peart joined up with Geddy & Alex to begin work on Vapor Trails.
While most of these - except maybe My Favorite Headache and Runaway Train - might not have fit so well on Vapor Trails, you can hear themes and sounds that made a reappearance on Snakes & Arrows. Listen to The Present Tense and Workin' Them Angels in succession, for instance. …