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4 stars A Classic.

Defining in many ways the Rush sound, Moving Pictures should probably be the first of their albums you pick up. I say this even though it is my second-favourite Rush album (my fav is Farewell to Kings), because this album is the key that links everything that came before with all that came after. It is in a way a microcosm of the Rush spirit, even though one might easily date it to its specific release/recorded year. And of course, it is high quality. Every song here is excellent. By now most if not all will know "Tom Sawyer" (the opener) and "Limelight" (the other single). "Red Barchetta" and the amazing instrumental "YYZ" (so named for the Toronto Pearson Airport code) also still receive widespread airplay. But these are all complex songs, very difficult to play. The second side is also quite good. The song "Witch Hunt" is often overlooked among Rush fans, but it is one of their best (and dare I say even more pertinent to contemporary politics in so many countries?). And the closing tune, "Vital Signs" is a great Rush original. Like previous Rush albums, which often featured a few epics or at least extended songs, there is also one longish tune here, the 10-minute "Camera Eye". This is also quite good, but perhaps not as well realized as the rest of the album. I also find it harkens a bit close in one spot to the "lost in the city" part of Yes' "Heart of the Sunrise". But perhaps that is Rush's way of saluting Yes? At any rate, it is a very minor issue, and the album can only be described as excellent. I give this album 8.7 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which translates to (high) 4 PA stars.

Walkscore | 4/5 |


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