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5 stars Well guys this it the big one after Rush toured Permanent Waves in 1980 they went back in the studio to record another album and this one was big. When Moving Pictures was released in 1981 they became a whole different band, a commercial popular band. Granted this success would probably never come again but this sent them into a new Stratosphere of popularity. Now lets look at the album itself. Tom Sawyer is a classic song and is their signature song with its growly keyboards straight forward percussion and excellent lyrics from Neil and friend Pye Dubois this song became a big hit. Red Barchetta is another classic song and is everything you would want from a 10+ min track in just 6 mins. Rush really perfected storytelling not just through lyrics but music with song and is still a great song to drive to or just listening to. YYZ, Killer Track. Do i need to say anything about this near perfect instrumental of a song just aw inspiring and jaw dropping as a listener and to this day my favorite Rush song of all. Limelight is a true example of poetry to music to me, this is one of Neil's best lyric he ever wrote and it still holds today for shy people who suddenly become famous fantastic. The Camera Eye, to date the last Rush epic and it is a good one. It has a lot of different things going on it and the lyrics are just as great but it seems like it could be a tad more. Witch Hunt is another great song but to me the lyric stands out more than the music. The lyric of the song discuss's how people will always judge before they question and how ignorance will always persist in this world but the music feels very cold and lifeless which goes with the lyric of the song but i felt they could have done something better with it. Vital Signs is an underrated track in my opinion because it has easily the most reggae influence in a Rush song but it is very open improv and kinda on the spot sounding and i like that. It just goes at a very steady pace and doesn't let up the mood until the 4:46 is up. Overall, a great album that made Rush superstars but to many people the downfall would begin but i feel the next ones are just as worthy. 5 stars. Highlights: Tom Sawyer, Red Barchetta, YYZ, Limelight, The Camera Eye and Vital Signs
criticdrummer94 | 5/5 |


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