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The eighth studio album from Rush was not only considered a critical masterpiece, but also achieved quadruple platinum certification in sales.

The Good: This album is absolutely timeless and with a track listing more akin to a "best of" rather than a studio album you really can't go wrong. The sound is quite different their releases of the late 70's, and almost incomparable to the eponymous blues-rock debut, but at the same time all are quintessentially Rush. The songwriting is refined, but still adventurous and pretty much every track is a winner.

Tom Sawyer and Limelight are probably Rush's most recognized pieces and ever-present in live setlists. Red Barchetta is generally not quite a popular but I find it to be the best of the three and a classic in its own right. The equally distinguished instrumental YYZ references the airport code for Toronto International with the signature riff playing out the song title in morse code.

The Camera Eye, clocks in at just over eleven minutes making it not only the longest song on the album, but the last track exceeding ten minutes in length they would ever release. The synth dominance hints at what was to come in Signals and it and has never been played live until the bands recent Time Machine tour. Witch Hunt gives the album a darker twist and is the first in a series of songs which explores Peart's interest in the philosophy that people act out of fear of something bad happening, rather than hope of something good.

The Bad: If Vital Signs decided to go on holiday and never came back I probably wouldn't even notice

The Verdict: Rush's finest, by a whisker.

Starhammer | 5/5 |


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