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SIGNALS

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LSDisease
5 stars Time when Rush released Signals is one of the darkest moments in history of prog rock fans. Not because it's bad release. Just because so many prog fans revealed their thickness and stupidity. "Rush is going Police!!!". I won't waste whole space to explain how stupid is that way of thinking and I'll concentrate on the album. Subdivisions is still one of the most amazing songs I've ever heart. The construction of this one is non-scheme great vibed and extremely perfect. Keyboards are more massive as on previous album but proportions in other instruments are very similar to Moving Pictures. I think guys wanted to add some modern sound to their well known style and here it fits perfectly. Analog Kid is faster in most of time but in chorus it violently turns peaceful and spacy. Solo to this one is probably the most complicated Alex ever played. He couldn't repeat it note in note. That's why they didn't play it too often live. Chemistry is 180 degree turning point. I'm not finding right words to describe this song. I just can't. You won't find in rock history other song like that. The solo is one of the best I've ever heard. Digital Man ain't worse. It's very original song. It mixes kind of reggae flavoured rock with jazz and blues and something else. I can't describe it either. The solo is rather bluesy and incredibly fit into that jazzy bass guitar sounds. The Weapon - amazing. Not finding right words again. Communication between Neil and Alex is something worth of attention because there's tension that grows until the solo kicks in. You have to listen to that cos -again- can't find words. Btw on MFSL release there's line of lyrics missing in one moment. I don't know how it happend but in the other hand we've clearer sound of this golden disc. New World Man... well. I don't know if it was good idea to make this song promotional and release as a single. It's not bad of course but mentioned thickheads cried 'Rush went Police' before they even heard the whole record. Lack of guitar solo in NWM is definitely something that makes this song less valuable than others. Losing It is kind of ballad. I don't know if I can call it pure ballad but it's more quiet than other songs on this album. Guitar parts somewhere near the end are amazing but the whole thing not as good as Subdivisions, Digital Man or The Weapon... and Countdown which ends the record. It's maybe the best song on this album and mood created here is outstanding. Awaiting for rocket launching, growing tension, adrenaline surge;) Well I still wonder what made Alex to do such amazing part... ok this time let's put it straight. Message In The Bottle might influence this part but it doesn't mean it was something bad. First because Message is a good song (and Police good band) second for chrissakes it's not THE SAME AS POLICE. It's Rush style just rushed forward;) Signals is one of the best Rush albums and one of the best released in 80's. It's unique and you won't find other album like that.
LSDisease | 5/5 |

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