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2.88 | 905 ratings

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3 stars Another Rush album, but where's the prog?

I know a lot of people claim that Rush lost their progressive ways after the Signals/Grace Under Pressure era of the band, although I happen to disagree. I honestly don't think that Rush abandoned being a progressive rock band, but rather that their sound has progressed throughout the various periods the band has gone through. However, I must admit that I don't think this album is particularly progressive. It sounds much more in the veins of hard rock. That doesn't mean however that I don't think this isn't a good album by any stretch of the imagination.

Rush is past the days of Rolling Bones, where they were moving from their synth period towards a more proggy hard-rock oriented period. This album is a black sheep among the latter period because of the lack of prog rock. However, it still has some very good songs, my favorites being Driven, Dog Years, Totem, Virtuality, and Carve Away the Stone. The instrumentation and lyrics are all still very good. If however you're looking to try some more modern Rush, don't come to this expecting to hear any prog, which I'm sure has disappointed a lot of people on this site. I'd like to give it more, but I simply can't justify more than 3 stars for this album simply because it's a good hard rock album, not a heavy prog album. If you want modern proggy Rush, look elsewhere.

horsewithteeth11 | 3/5 |


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