Roll the Bones Review
Progressive rock has always been an acquired taste. Most of the tunes in this sub-genre could more appropriately be dubbed instrumental grooves than songs, peppered with a more classical vibe than the standard blues formula allows. However, while most progressive bands have seen only a slight amount commercial success in their lifetimes, there is one band that has managed to marry both the progressive and popular, gaining a plethora of fans from both sides of the tracks.
Roll the Bones is a collection of songs that touch on some of the deepest questions humanity dares to ask, including those of destiny, eternity, and mortality. It seems only appropriate then that the album should open with “Dreamline” and fade into “Bravado”. These songs are a spectacular example of Neil Peart’s superior lyrical dexterity; in fact, it is interesting to note that as Rush’s popularity grew, so did the depth of their content, contrary to the pattern set by many other prog bands who were believed to have “sold out” in later years.
Along with hits like “Ghost of a Chance” and “Heresy”, the group manages to churn out another iconic instrumental piece in traditional Rush fashion. “Where’s My Thing” is upbeat and aurally stimulating, indicative of a progressive history that preserves their musical integrity, even among sophisticated rock snobs.