Originally Posted by treghet
I think that song would be pretty boring in a live setting. I agree that Clockwork Angels is much better than Snakes & Arrows though. I actually think it's the best thing they've done since Counterparts. But with that said, I wasn't blown away or anything. Only a few songs stood out to me as great.
Well, there are a lot of Rush fans who are in love with The Garden. Something about how beautiful the musical arrangement is and how the lyrics make them cry. I guess i'm too metal to be that much of a pussy so i'm not sure what they're talking about, but it's a good song. The band also said in interviews that when they heard the final version of the song they got choked up to. So I can easily see the song getting played. It will be a downer but that's kind of the point. After Neil's solo he needs a short breather. Alex usually comes out and does a little acoustic diddy and then the next song usually is one that is slow for the first few minutes before Neil comes back in. The Garden fills that role perfectly instead of them doing something tired like CTTH or The Trees again.
Give the new album a few more listens. Stuff like the title track, The Anarchist, Carnies, Seven Cities Of Gold and The Wreckers are all really good songs.