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  • Audio CD (1 Jan 1987)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal
  • ASIN: B000001FE6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 108,135 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By G. Young on 23 Nov 2008
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Power Windows is that rarest of animals; a perfect album. Every track, the mood of the album, is electric. It is also one of the very best Rush albums. Polished, slick and glossy but more importantly, it is infused with layered depths of emotional and musical intelligence.

Grand Designs and Middletown Dreams overflow with excitement, powerful pulsating basslines, combined with some of Neil Peart's most heroic, unusual, complex and exciting drum fills, fully brought to life by the lush, full bodied production.

Elsewhere, Marathon and Emotion Detector burst with feeling via Alex Lifeson's stunning guitar work. The Big Money will make you wonder how on earth three musicians can create something that sounds so vast. I find the songs pulse with energy and vibrancy, almost like a living thing, the craftmanship and quality of the songwriting is first class. This is one of those records that can transport you to another place, it is like taking a walk on a dark evening with lightning in the sky and a brilliant full moon, remote in the blackness, this is a record that will make you feel alive.

Power Windows is one of the best rock albums you will ever hear. Rush blended electronics with the full power of traditional instrumentation to create something quite extraordinary. To fully appreciate this album in its correct context I strongly recommend the previous studio album, Grace Under Pressure (an album approaching perfection) and Hold Your Fire - the latter being the sister record to Power Windows as it shares many rhythmic similarities and contains further developments on the the themes of power and emotion. Also, Rush experiment further with the fusion of electronic and acoustic instrumentation.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Paul Gavin Appleyard on 22 Oct 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is the only Rush album that I own .. which is odd, because this is one of my all time favourite albums. A friend lent me a cassette copy of this in 1991 whilst at Uni. I listened to it at night, in bed with my walkman - and it has left a deep impression on me. Later I purchased it on CD.
I usually am not one for deep lyrics, which I feel can often be pretentious and just get in the way of the music. Normally my ear gravitates towards instrumental performances. However this album has it all - fantastic instrumental performances and beautifully crafted lyrics that poetically yet efficiently ram the point home. The use of synthesisers (a new departure for Rush at the time - I think) is just perfect, blending wonderfully with Geddy Lee's superb bass lines and Lifeson's distant and reverb laden guitars, giving the album a smooth and mystical vibe. Production is 1st class - Pearts drums sit nicely with Lee's bass in the mix. Fantastic, memorable melodies - many of the vocal lines have real hooks and you can't help but sing along. This album is just beautiful - I can't praise it enough.
That's my opinion - as a non Rush aficionado!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Agma on 6 July 2008
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Power Windows was released in October 1985, smack bang in the middle of 80's as u'd expect from rock titan's rush, excellent and intelligent songs await the listener with ABSOLUTELY NO FILLER WHATSOEVER!
Rush's career at this point featured the highest level of synthesizer in any of their albums, but power windows is so much more than the usual pop synth style trash circulating around in '85.
It was in my opinion ever since it's release been overshadowed by rush's previous rock staples 'hemispheres' and 'moving pictures'

Power windows or infact any of their 80's syntheiser albums will ever be regarded as their best, it is however still a classic no doubt about it, although this type of music in particular will never appeal to everyone it is definatly an album of it's time taken at face value and not comparing to so many other of rush's amazing releases, it is likely that power windows will become both a top 5 rush fan favourate and to also the casual listener.

THE BIG MONEY - AH what a cracking start to an album, well balanced guitar and synth throughout, an amazing riff chorus and solo from Lifeson also compliment the song greatly, a live and Hit favourate easy to see why outstanding song... 10/10

GRAND DESIGNS - Great song again very intriguing synth bursts you can see the relativity with the lyrics with the comment i made above 'so much style without substance' indeed! 9/10

MANHATTAN PROJECT - An umbelivable gem of a song amazing quality control on synths by geddy, very melodic but packs a punch too, could never imagine power windows a classic without this song! special mention to the intricacy and accuracy of the peart's drumming at the end i wonder sometimes are they human it's that good.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Spazmo on 20 Sep 2006
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This was the first Rush album I listened to and despite loads of other songs I like spread across several albums this is my favourite. Here they found a perfect balance between great lyrics and great song writing and the arrangements are not as full on as in earlier recordings yet still have maximum impact. Always sublime to put the vinyl on and after the crackling wait for the opening of the first track.
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