Anthem Records Inc.
Release date
29 May 2007
Running length
11 tracks
Running time


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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Animate 6:03 35,717
2 Stick It Out 4:31 31,113
3 Cut to the Chase 4:49 25,908
4 Nobody's Hero 4:55 33,553
5 Between Sun & Moon 4:38 24,598
6 Alien Shore 5:47 23,652
7 The Speed of Love 5:02 23,183
8 Double Agent 4:52 23,054
9 Leave That Thing Alone 4:06 32,425
10 Cold Fire 4:26 25,096
11 Everyday Glory 5:11 22,171

About this album

Counterparts is the fifteenth studio album by Canadian rock band Rush, released in 1993

Lyrically, Counterparts continues the trend of dark and emotional themes; it takes on difficult subjects such as homosexuality and crime, yet it keeps a general concept of ambition, sadness, and love on songs like “Nobody’s Hero”, “Speed of Love”, and even “Cold Fire”. “Leave That Thing Alone” earned a Grammy nomination for “Best Instrumental”. The song “Stick It Out” is one of the band’s “heaviest” works in quite some time. The song also topped the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in the U.S., only the second Rush single to do so. Although debatable, many Rush fans agree that Counterparts features some alternative rock elements. The song “Nobody’s Hero” (about a gay friend of drummer Neil Peart, named Ellis from his London days, and a girl who was murdered in his hometown of St. Catharines, Ontario)

Counterparts became Rush’s highest charting album in the US peaking at #2 on The Billboard 200 (only for Pearl Jam’s Vs. to prevent it from hitting #1 in the US). The album went Platinum according to Atlantic Records although the RIAA has it listed at Gold.

Track listing
All songs written by Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee, and Neil Peart except where noted.

“Animate” – 6:05
“Stick It Out” – 4:30
“Cut to the Chase” – 4:49
“Nobody’s Hero” – 4:54
“Between Sun and Moon” (Lifeson, Lee, Peart, Pye Dubois) – 4:37

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  • dr_bun

    I think stick it out and cut to the chase are really not that good but apart from those two I really enjoy this album WEIRD

    7 Oct 2014 Reply
  • frozen-lake

    This is a really great album.

    30 Jul 2014 Reply
  • dr_bun

    I'm finding this one to be a real grower

    12 Jul 2014 Reply
  • dr_bun

    and I really like double agent

    15 Jun 2014 Reply
  • dr_bun

    my vote for the most unique rush album ever ever ever

    15 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    Progressive grunge needs to be more of a thing!

    14 Apr 2014 Reply
  • dr_bun

    much better than the last 3, but personally I prefer test for echo

    18 Mar 2014 Reply
  • jpzitoleopold

    A danger that i'm prepared to face, cut to the chase! Fuckin great album.

    3 Mar 2013 Reply
  • iron345

    After the appaling Presto and lacklustre RtB I'd lost hope. This was wham bang back to form. They actually sounded like a proper 'power' trio again, thanks in no small part to the beefy production. In retrospect it's maybe a bit uneven but the sheer power and commitment shine through. This and Angels is the best Rush of the post Signals era.

    11 Aug 2012 Reply
  • joshmattg

    Counterparts and Power Windows seem to be the strongest since Moving Pictures.

    12 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Zeldadaft96

    Animate, Leave That Thing Alone, Cold Fire, and Everyday Glory are very good, Leave That Thing Alone is one of their best instrumentals.

    6 May 2011 Reply
  • Bolshevized

    This might be Neil's weakest moment, lyrically. Too heavy-handed. Not a bad album otherwise though.

    18 Dec 2010 Reply
  • duilkin

    26 Nov 2010 Reply
  • sebadagostino

    Great Album!

    10 Nov 2010 Reply
  • ClassicRock290

    Leave That Thing Alone is yet another great instrumental song by this band. The musicianship is underrated and very powerful. It's amazing only three guys can make that sound.

    10 Sep 2010 Reply
  • cookies-for-me

    Meu preferido <3

    28 Aug 2010 Reply
  • deadwing1411

    probably my all time favorite, along with hemispheres or power windows.

    24 Dec 2009 Reply
  • Duplode

    Excellent, truly excellent album. Powerful, engaging, incredibly consistent and with some of Peart's best lyrics ever.

    14 Dec 2009 Reply
  • MadMax973

    Loved this record. This and Test for Echo were perfect for my at the time teen grunge ears and made me explore their whole catalog!

    29 Aug 2009 Reply
  • jammindude

    Thank God! This is more like it. Roll the Bones was so terrible that anything would have been better than another Rupert Hine trainwreck. There were a few songs where I think they were trying too hard (cough cough stick it out cough cough), but I love Cut to the Chase and Alien Shore.

    9 Aug 2009 Reply
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