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5 stars "Hold Your Fire" is the final Rush album of the synth-heavy period, and that is a pity. It took me a good while to get into this, but now it is one of my top albums.

1) Force Ten (8/10) A pretty good technical rocker.

2) Time Stand Still (6/10) Actually quite a decent pop song dressed up in Rush clothes. Would be out of place on Hemispheres, but then this is not Hemispheres.

Now begins a sequence of 5 tracks of perfection. Possibly the strongest sequence put together by any prog band. Sorry no time to write about each one.

3) Open Secrets (10/10)

4) Second Nature (10/10)

5) Prime Mover (10/10)

6) Lock and Key (10/10)

7) Mission (10/10)

8) Turn the Page (5/10) Weakest strack on the album. Standard rocker, with a shocking guitar solo that is just a tuneless racket. One to skip if playing to your parents.

9) Tai Shan (7/10) Take it for what it is - an interlude and a change of direction. This is progressive rock afterall. Decent tune, nice keys.

10) High Water (10/10) Very similar to Mystic Rhythms off the previous album. Slow tempo, lots of effects. Rush at their very best.

Rush have had several styles, not everyone will like this, but then again I don't like 2112, nor their most recent work. But from Hemispheres through to Counterparts, this album and Moving Pictures are the pinnacle of their work. Pop music? - do me a favour!

4.5 rounded up to 5.

gingernut | 5/5 |


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