Counterparts (album)

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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, alternative 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. It became the band's highest charting album in the US, peaking at #2 on the Billboard 200 (only behind Pearl Jam's Vs.).[2] 19 years later, Rush would later debut at #2 on the Billboard 200 again, with the release of 2012's Clockwork Angels. 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 Mainstream Rock Tracks 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". 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.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[4]
Entertainment Weekly (B−)[5]
Q 3/5 stars[6]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[7]

Track listing[edit]

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[edit]

Charts[edit]

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

Sales certifications[edit]

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

Singles[edit]

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[edit]

  1. ^ Counterparts (CD release "Atlantic Anthem 7567-82528-2").
  2. ^ "Music Albums, Top 200 Albums & Music Album Charts". Billboard. 16 October 1993. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "Rush Remastered: Four Classic Collections Arrive in Stores Aug. 31st | Market Wire". Marketwire. August 2004. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  4. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. Counterparts - Rush at AllMusic. Retrieved 20 May 2012.
  5. ^ Sinclair, Tom (22 October 1993). "Counterparts". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on 9 May 2008. Retrieved 22 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "Rush - Counterparts CD Album". CD Universe. Retrieved 22 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "Rush: Album Guide". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  8. ^ "Counterparts chart position in the US". Billboard. 
  9. ^ "Rush chart positions in the UK". The Official Charts Company.