Having had this on constant repeat for 11 days now, I can better talk about it. It still isn't better than T4E to me, but it IS better than VT and S&A.
I can point to 4 'duds' on this album: Halo Effect, Carnies, The Anarchist, and Seven Cities of Gold. Just can't relate to them musically, or otherwise. I consider myself a rather big RUSH fan(aunt took me to my first ever concert during the Permanent Waves Tour), have over 250+ bootleg shows, and with all that - *I* don't even like everything they do. I believe you can't. And anyone who says they do - they're lying.
My rating system involves taking the number of tracks, dividing into 100 - then adding each number(the ones you like) - then rounding up to the next whole number. I don't include Bu2b2, so that leaves 11 tracks at 9.09 points per liked tune. I like 7 songs: The Wreckers, Clockwork Angels, Bu2B, Caravan, Wish Them Well(has grown on me, and that's a rare thing), The Garden, and Headlong Flight. 7 x 9.09 = 63.63. Rounded up = 64%. And that is my grade for this album. BUT, I will add another extra 11% for The Garden - because it is the best song they've done since Earthshine, finally.
Final Score for Clockwork Angels - 75%
I DO know the game better than you....**AR**