In the 1980s and ‘90s, Rush was lumped into the “beloved by musicians, hated by critics” category of rock. As a band, Rush even helped supply an argument against music critics in general. When a band is hated by people, who in general, have not produced any music themselves while many people who actually make music swear by them; whose side holds more weight and credibility?
But in the last decade, Rush’s credibility increased considerably amongst critics. One possible reason is the embrace of progressive rock and conceptual albums by such critically-adored bands like the Decemberists and Titus Andronicus. Another reason could be pop culture’s full embrace of the band, which can be found in a typical episode of Family Guy or as a centerpiece of the hit movie I Love You, Man. Even in the late ‘90s, Stephen Malkmus treated Rush’s lead singer with kid gloves by simply wondering why Geddy Lee’s voice was so high in “Stereo”, but mercilessly doing a hit job on the Smashing Pumpkins in “Range Life”.