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Rush - Permanent Waves CD (album) cover




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4.29 | 1880 ratings

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Antonio Giacomin
5 stars In the day after their masterpiece, Rush recorded a fabulous album ! Things became different then, the bands sounds softer, the distorted guitar riffs so common in hard rock was attenuated; and this transition was conducted without causing disturbance to our ears. As this is another album I am going to rate as five stars, I will try to be as clear as possible about the supporting reasons ? necessarily strong - for this high rate level :

1 ? There is no weak song in this album. Even a song like The Spirit Of The Radio, considered to be radio friend, presents itself as a high quality and powerful song. This absence of weak songs makes this album better than, for example, A Farewell To Kings, IMHO.

2 ? Jacob´s Ladder and Natural Science are two fantastic progressive songs. To my point of view, both of them are better than Xanadu and equals La Villa Strangiato and Hemispheres (the song).

3 ? This would be a four and a half star, not five. It is strong, but that kind of radio friend touch slightly decreases its flavor. I put it to five stars trying to accommodate things and not make it rated in the same way of Signals or Grace Under Pressure. It may be not fair, but this is the way things are?

4 ? Thirty years ago it was my favorite album. I am more mature by means of music (maybe only in musical issues?), my tastes are now close to those brilliant monsters from Canterbury Scene, for instance; but Permanent Waves has its story with me. I give a great load to this kind of particular story involving music and ourselves?

So this is Permanent Waves. Filled with great songs, master songs and no real weak moments. And a preferred album in those long time passed teen year of mine. Now, next review will be Moving Pictures. Will I get be coherent on all these Rush´s assessments ??

Antonio Giacomin | 5/5 |


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