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Rush - Test For Echo CD (album) cover




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2.86 | 773 ratings

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3 stars An often-maligned album from Rush's 90s period... this isn't close to being one of their best, but it's still a pretty good solid hard rock effort that is more than your average rock album.

For some reason, I don't feel like a track by track analysis is appropriate here, and I'll just go over the highlights. My favorite is "Totem", with its brilliant lyrics and blend of acoustic parts and the more rocky tendencies that tend to be prevalent on this album. Great song! Another song that often gets way too much crap, even from Rush fans, is "Dog Years". There is plenty of solid instrumentation from the group here, with typical tight melodies and well-written, well-structured songs with insightful lyrics. "Resist" is a wonderful anthem, while the title track is a very effective opening. "Limbo" is another great instrumental similar to "YYZ".

This is a highly enjoyable release from the trio once again. It's very hard to rate and almost feels like a 3.5 or someone in between both of those ratings for me. However, it is a "good, but not essential" album because it's one of their least progressive outings.

If you're looking for straight-up prog, look elsewhere. If you're looking for awesome hard rock songs with some interesting instrumentation, however, it's hard to get much better than this.

MovingPictures07 | 3/5 |


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