The new songs sound quite promising ... While I still enjoy it a lot, I wasn't crazy about S&A mostly because of the aforementiened folksy songwriting .... these 2 songs sound a lot more "modern" and heavy, and I like that.
Unlike most of the people in here, I'm a big fan of post-80's Rush. My favourite albums as a whole are Counterparts and Vapor Trails (despite the production) and my all time favourite song has to be either "Mystic Rhythms" or "The Pass". The new songs have the "Vapor Trails" and "Counterparts" vibe... really energetic, upfront rock songs.
IMO, post-80's Rush has better songs
, while old school Rush is more performance-oriented. "Less is More" and "Being Simple is complicated" come to my mind. I love how you can still hear the master musicianship through the apparently simple songs . Simpler grooves extremely well played ... I love that.
Totally looking forward to have this new album