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3 stars Guitarist Dave Kulju connected with a drummer and a bassist via a Rush email list to form the band ELECTRUM. Their debut "Frames of Mind" is interesting in that it is the most *minimalist* Rush imitation I've ever heard. Unlike most Rush-ies who attempt to totally duplicate (or even to add to) the Rush "sound", Electrum reduces the style of their heroes into a form of melodically ambiguous instrumental hard rock music emphasizing bass/drum/guitar *interplay*.

This was recorded in the mid-to-late 1990's with a limited production budget. Their 2nd album, "Standard Deviation" would be a great step forward for the band in terms of composition and production. But "Frames of Mind" projects a more singular identity and more prominently wears its RUSH influence as a "badge of honor".

Love it or hate it, there is no doubt that is a very *unique* RUSH inspired offering. When I picked it up in the late 1990's, it was bargain-priced even as a new CD so look around for a good retail price if you want to hear a unique approach to Rush flattery.

progpositivity | 3/5 |


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