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3.76 | 858 ratings

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4 stars A great Rush album released during the early 90s. The excellent production quality brings out the clanging guitars of Lifeson, the pulsating bass and high falsetto of Lee, and of course Peart's pounding percussion. Not every track is an instant classic but there is enough here to satiate the Rush appetite, namely the first 4 songs.

Animate is a brilliant memorable rocker with innovative lyrics and killer riffing as good as it gets. Stick It Out is driven by a hard rock guitar riff, one of Lifeson's most inspirational moments, and very powerful vocals. Cut To The Chase is a melodic gem that is well sung and performed by the group. Nobody's Hero is a terrific single with very strong melody and unforgettable chorus. Another highlight is the ground pounding Leave That Thing Alone instrumental with great lead breaks and keyboard work.

Each track features the trademark resounding echoing phased guitar sound, and Lee's accomplished high octave treatment of the vocals. He is in fine voice throughout and the songs became favourites for MTV boasting promo clips for the first few songs. The songs have also been played live many times through the years and are fan favourites.

Overall this album is one of the best among the Rush 90s years, when Prog was coming back to the forefront of the industry. Rush are certainly one of the most important acts to keep prog flourishing, and this album is one of their best in this troublesome period.

AtomicCrimsonRush | 4/5 |


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