Counterparts is the fifteenth studio album by Rush, released in 1993. The album marked the return of Power Windows and Hold Your Fire producer Peter Collins. Fresh from producing albums for Queensrÿche, he took his experience from producing heavy metal and helped Rush return to a heavier and more aggressive hard rock sound.
And it worked. Released at the height of grunge music's popularity, Counterparts actually charted #2 on the Billboard charts only behind Vs. by Pearl Jam. Fan and critic reception was very positive, praising the heavier sound which was perfect for the time when the Seattle alternative scene was dominating rock music at the time.
- "Animate" - 6:04
- "Stick It Out" - 4:30
- "Cut to the Chase" - 4:48
- "Nobody's Hero" - 4:55
- "Between Sun and Moon" - 4:37
- "Alien Shore" - 5:47
- "The Speed of Love" - 5:02
- "Double Agent" - 4:52
- "Leave That Thing Alone" - 4:05
- "Cold Fire" - 4:27
- "Everyday Glory" - 5:11
- Geddy Lee - lead vocals, bass, synthesizer
- Alex Lifeson - guitars
- Neil Peart - drums, percussion
Leave That Trope Alone
- Abusive Parents: In "Everyday Glory".In the house where nobody laughsAnd nobody sleepsIn the house where love lies dyingAnd the shadows creepA little girl hides shakingWith her hands on her earsPushing back the tearsTil the pain disappears
- Darker and Edgier: Easily the heaviest album Rush did since Hemispheres.
- Grief Song: Neil wrote "Nobody's Hero" about the death of a friend from AIDS and a girl who was murdered in his hometown.
- Hotter and Sexier: The cover probably gives this away on its own. See Intercourse with You below.
- Instrumentals: "Leave That Thing Alone".
- Intercourse with You: Probably the most sexually charged Rush album on record. Between Geddy's soaring "ahh yes" in the chorus of "Between Sun and Moon", the lines "a man must learn to rule his tender part" and "a man must learn to gently dominate" in "Animate", the various "counterparts" in the booklet that came with the CD veering into deeply suggestive territory (bump and grind, hot and bothered, bound and gagged, in and out, ribbed and lubricated...) the booklet also including an uncensored image of a pair of human breasts, and even the cover art being very suggestive (made abundantly clear in animations presented on the big screen during tours with songs from this album, where the nut and bolt are interlocked and screwed together), this is easily the most innuendo-laced Rush album in existence.
- Lighter and Softer: "The Speed of Love" and "Cold Fire". "Everyday Glory" music-wise.
- Lyrical Dissonance: "Everyday Glory" is very upbeat, but the lyrics discuss child abuse.
- New Sound Album: Rush mixes their characteristic sound with alternative rock.
- Non-Appearing Title: "Double Agent".
- One-Word Title: "Animate".
- Special Guest: Legendary composer Michael Kamen composed the string sections for "Nobody's Hero".