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2 stars The synth takeover.

Signals "signalizes" the takeover of the keyboard in Rush music. It also signaled the end of an era in what I will call "Rush dominance" because of the lack of mainstay prog bands in the early 80's. Arguably when this record was released, it can be seen as one of the best out there simply because prog had reached a lull. However, this does not excuse it from the test of time (which is ultimately what all music must pass), and this album is mediocre at best, and certainly lesser in quality than previous Rush classics.

As for the album itself, the synths are there, but they honestly don't sound that bad. No, it makes you think it's not Rush, but some of the tunes are still pretty rocking (though obviously less proggy as compared to say, Cygnus X-1. I guess the biggest complaint here is much of this seems really derivative, and even though the musicians are all playing tightly and cohesive, it's not very entertaining. There's one moderately interesting single and a hodgepodge of moderate riffing.

I long for the fruits of Xanadu, but alas, this is what we have. While its not terrible, no one but Rush fans should really check this out, and even then, it comes with a bit of a warning.

OpethGuitarist | 2/5 |


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