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4 stars Well an ever-green like this "Permanent Waves" by Rush (even though in a few circumstances for me it should deserve an inferior score in comparison to albums like "Farewell to Kings" or "Hemisphere") , by considering also the opportunity for them to come back on stage in Europe (first time in Italy) on next Autumn 2004,is giving me the opportunity to talk about this successful album in the future. "Permanent Waves" contains the direct song (almost mainstream) "Spirit of the Radio", which is very "radio-friendly", but with a fantastic intro by Neal Peart on drums, being exceptionally and easily supported too, by means of the powerful guitar of Alex Lifeson;nevertheless you can listen also to some other progressive "jewels" , such as "Jacob's Ladder" and "Freewill", which are well worth checking out once again... such an interesting use of mini-moog, fine guitar solos within, as well as a rhythmical and syncopated bass line, which is moreover enriched with an irregular time signature!!Instead Rush nowadays is not able to reproduce such grandeur, but you can recognize the attempt to make another music renewal, regarding of their several music ideas, especially during the long music "excursus" of their career. I don't know whether it's enough or not, but for sure, coming back to the present issue, I appreciate the melodic impact of "Natural Science" and the clever breaks-through inside "Entre nous".... not completely essential, but probably it's the most important work by Rush, who tried in the early eighties to let the crowd know their complex music, passing through the accessible music features within "Spirit of the Radio" and introducing the common listener to the progressive elements in a "gentle" manner...

Clever guys!!!

lor68 | 4/5 |


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