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4.40 | 2584 ratings

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4 stars The only reason I gave it a 4 star insteed of a 5 star is because this is way to overrated. I really like the songs on this album, its just way to overrated to enjoy, now. Rush really brought out their A game, and it really shows. One thing I really don't like about this album, still, is that Geddy sounds like a completely different singer, and not in a good way. I particularly like side 2 of the album, great rock songs, and it shows the underrated side of the album. I will rate each song on a scale from 1-10, 10 being the best it can be, and 1 being the worst it can be.

Tom Sawyer- The song everyone knows, even if you hate Rush. Some people saw Rush in the 80's because of this song, and when they got there, they probably said What the hell is this song when Geddy starts to sing Xanadu, or something unknown like that. It really shows the first prominate use of keyboards, and thats probably why this song is really overrated. I will say something before giving my complete grade, I am very sick of this song. I hear it way to much on the radio, so I really can't go higher than an 8 or 9. A solid opener, though. 7/10

Red Barchetta- A sweet 6 moments, one of the stronger points on the album. The song isn't as popular as Tom Sawyer or Limelight, but it got a lot of air-play, even now it gets some radio. One reason I like this song is that it has pretty little bass parts, they sound like god, probably one of the best basslines on the album. I don't really care for the lyrics, but when Geddy starts to sing, it really sounds pretty nice. The song, as you can probably guess, is about a car. The car was band from life, but a young mans uncle has save a Red Barchetta for him for 50 odd years, and someone else has a car when the young man starts to drive. An interesting song, definatly one of the stronger, but not the most direct, song on the album. 9.5/10

YYZ- This is an okay song, but definatly not as good as La Villa Strangiato. The guitar solo sounds like taping, but its really actually hammer-ons and pull-offs, which actually save the song from being a 7 or 6. This is a song that really introduces keyboards, but not as much as a different song on the album. The song is about an airport morse code thing, which is repeated a few times as the main riff/opening riff kind of thing. Overall, its not a bad intsremental, but definatly not the best. 7.5/10

Limelight- Another popular song, and its much better than Tom Sawyer, in my opininon. The song is much more upfront, and it sounds much more like old Rush. It has very hard rock parts, but it has those really nice little soft parts, or bridges, that lead into darkness. The guitar riff is a bit simple, in my humble opinion, but it really fits the song. The guitar solo really shows the name of the song is really true. The guitar solo feels lonely, like you on a deserted island, just all by yourself, which is what the lyrics really represent in their own little way. 10/10

The Camera Eye- The very last epic that Rush has made in their days. The song uses great keyboard lines, with some very strong guitar riffs, and its really a great mixture of both. The lyrics are about 2 different popular large cities in the world. One is Manhatten, New York, and one is London. The lyrics definatly don't fascinate me as much as the music. 9.5/10

Witch Hunt- I really can't say this is the best from the album, because its not. Its a really large turn in lyrics, and in music. Its much more dark, and very mysterious, and Rush pulls it off really great. I feel that there should have been more interesting lyrics, though, in my thoughts. One of the best things about this song, though, is that it has no guitar solo. Rush learned that they don't really need a guitar solo in every song to make it a good song. 8.5/10

Vital Signs- Definatly the best from the second side of the album. The song is just incredible, its very hard rock, but heavily influeced by reggea music, and it really shows, and in a good way. The bassline is near perfection, as with the little bass solo near the end of the song. The lyrics, I don't know what they symbolize, but they are sure interesting. 10/10

Its a really good album, very overrated, but good.

Rushlover13 | 4/5 |


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