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Counterparts (album)

Counterparts
Studio album by Rush
Released October 19, 1993 (1993-10-19)
Recorded April–June 1993 at Le Studio, Morin Heights, Quebec and McClear Place in Toronto
Genre Hard rock, progressive rock
Length 54:24[1]
Label Anthem (Canada)
Atlantic
Producer Peter Collins, Rush
Rush chronology
Roll the Bones
(1991)
Counterparts
(1993)
Test for Echo
(1996)
Singles from Counterparts
  1. "Stick It Out"
    Released: 1993
  2. "Cold Fire"
    Released: 1994
  3. "Nobody's Hero"
    Released: 1994
  4. "Animate"
    Released: 1994
  5. "Double Agent"
    Released: 1994

Counterparts is the fifteenth studio album by Canadian rock band Rush, released on October 19, 1993. Counterparts is one of the two highest-charting Rush albums in the U.S. (2012's Clockwork Angels is the other), peaking at #2.[2] Atlantic Records has claimed that the album went platinum, although the RIAA has it listed as gold.

The lyrics of Counterparts continue the trends of Roll the Bones with dark and emotional themes being the primary focus. Some songs are heavy-sounding tracks like "Animate" and "Stick it Out", which topped the Billboard Album Rock Tracks chart for four weeks in late 1993, becoming the band's fifth single to do so. "Leave That Thing Alone" earned a Grammy nomination for "Best Instrumental Rock Performance." It has been reissued and remastered twice: once in 2004 as a continuation of "The Rush Remasters" series[3] and again in 2013 as a part of the box set The Studio Albums 1989-2007.

Contents

  • Album Cover 1
  • Track listing 2
  • Personnel 3
  • Charts 4
  • Sales certifications 5
  • Singles 6
  • References 7

Album Cover

The albums front cover contains some innuendo: a nut and bolt being directed towards each other, similar to how sexual interaction works between a male and female. In an interview, Neil Peart explained how he viewed the shaping of the "Modern Man" of the 1980's was to be that of the opposite gender, in which he was very controversial about. He further uses these terms in the track "Animate" of how the roles of being both strong and sensitive should be equalized. This may have led to the possible generation of the artwork for the cover.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic [4]
Entertainment Weekly (B−)[5]
Q [6]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide [7]

Track listing

All lyrics written by Neil Peart, except "Between Sun & Moon" co-written by Pye Dubois; all music composed by Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee.

No. Title Length
1. "Animate"   6:04
2. "Stick It Out"   4:30
3. "Cut to the Chase"   4:48
4. "Nobody's Hero"   4:55
5. "Between Sun & Moon"   4:37
6. "Alien Shore"   5:47
7. "The Speed of Love"   5:02
8. "Double Agent"   4:52
9. "Leave That Thing Alone" (instrumental) 4:05
10. "Cold Fire"   4:27
11. "Everyday Glory"   5:11
Total length:
54:24

Personnel

Charts

Year Chart Position
1993 Billboard 200 2[8]
UK Albums Chart 14[9]

Sales certifications

Country Organization Sales
U.S. RIAA Gold (500,000)
Canada RIAA Platinum (100,000)

Singles

Information
"Stick It Out"
  • Released: 1993
  • Written by: Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart
  • Produced by: Peter Collins and Rush
  • Chart positions: #1 US Mainstream Rock
"Nobody's Hero"
  • Released: 1994
  • Written by: Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart
  • Produced by: Peter Collins and Rush
  • Chart positions: #3 US Mainstream Rock
"Double Agent"
  • Released: 1994
  • Written by: Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart
  • Produced by: Peter Collins and Rush
  • Chart positions:
"Cold Fire"
  • Released: 1994
  • Written by: Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart
  • Produced by: Peter Collins and Rush
  • Chart positions: #2 US Mainstream Rock
"Animate"
  • Released: 1994
  • Written by: Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart
  • Produced by: Peter Collins and Rush
  • Chart positions: #35 US Mainstream Rock

References

  1. ^ Counterparts (CD release "Atlantic Anthem 7567-82528-2").
  2. ^ "Music Albums, Top 200 Albums & Music Album Charts".  
  3. ^ "Rush Remastered: Four Classic Collections Arrive in Stores Aug. 31st | Market Wire".  
  4. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. Counterparts - Rush at AllMusic. Retrieved 20 May 2012.
  5. ^ Sinclair, Tom (22 October 1993). "Counterparts".  
  6. ^ "Rush - Counterparts CD Album".  
  7. ^ "Rush: Album Guide".  
  8. ^ chart position in the US"Counterparts".  
  9. ^ "Rush chart positions in the UK".  
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