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Wutu Banale
2 stars Wutu Banale on "Rush".

First. This is NOT Prog, this is Hard Rock, much in the vain of Led Zeppelin and Cream. Rush hadn't yet created their own unique sound, despite the fact that we can hear some great instrumentation from Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee. Many people don't care about Geddy Lee's "Jon Anderson+Robert Plant times three" vocals, but those who do (That's including me) can't really say he is at his best here. Those "Dog-calling shrieks" can really scrape your ears. (And i mean no harm to Geddy Lee who is truly my favourite voacalist of all time along with Peter Hammill). The negativity continues, Neil Peart (Greatest drummer of all time) isn't yet behind the drum kit, John Rutsey does the "Battering" on this one and he... Well... He does what he has to, he's really nothing compared to Neil Peart and his universal drumming skills. And more, the songs are too long, music like this can't really hold songs that are longer than 4 minutes. Well maybe Working man can bear the 7 minute length but the others fail.

After all the negative bashing (Did i mention that the cover is lame?) there are a few positive elements. Working Man, Finding My Way, Need Some Love and In The Mood are all nice rockers, but the other songs fail to deliver. Alex Lifeson pulls few nice guitar solos on few tracks.

And what do we have here? Weak album from the greatest band of all time, altrough it has some nice playing by Alex and Geddy and few good songs, the album falls in to the category "For collectors and Rush fanatics who has to have all Rush albums". The Next album "Fly By Night" is just ten times better version of this album with Neil Peart on drums.

Wutu Banale | 2/5 |


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