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One of their best ever albums,
This review is from: Signals (Audio CD)
I rate this album as one of their very best ever. Right up there with Moving Pictures, Permanent Waves, A Farewell to Kings.
I had just got into Rush and had really liked Moving Pictures.
I then heard this and was blown away.
Whereas many Rush fans stayed stuck in the past and moaned at the "reggae" on the album, I embraced it.
This album was when Rush proved they would continue to be a continuing force in rock music beyond their hard rock roots.
I can't really understand much of the criticism of this album.
Most of it centres around the sound. The guitar is "drowned out".
However, for me this misses the point. People are comapring this with their later work where they hit new heights with synth technology.
This was their first foray into it so was never going to have the same crispness as the others.
Whilst I agree the sound quality is not their best, being obsessive about this is missing the truly superb songs that are on this album.
First, there is one of the greatest Rush songs of all time - Subdivisions. Being a typical 16 year old at the time, the lyrics struck an absolute raw nerve with me and still make the hairs on the back of my neck stick up. They are amongst Neil Peart's very best and could not fit better with the music.
Both Analog Kid and Chemistry are also great efforts.
But then the truly superb Digital Man. This is another outstanding rush song and I was delighted to see it got recognition by being included in their track list for their latest tour.
The Weapon is another clever and imaginative effort and swiftly followed by New World Man. This song epitomises everything that is good about Rush. Superb lyrics, catchy music - all fitting together perfectly.
Losing it is for me one of the most underrated Rush tracks. Some of their best lyrics and music that manages to combine sad and beautiful at the same time.
Countdown is for me not the strongest song on the album. The tune is ok but no more and the lyrics start to verge on the pretentious.
However, it is my only slight criticism.
A truly great album that should get more recognition than it has done.