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4 stars Signalling the beginning of the end...

This release marked the start of the band's "synthesiser period", a pivotal moments in their long and illustrious career.

The Good: This album shows a completely different side of Rush. Not only are Lee's keyboards more dominant than ever before, but the sound delves further into styles previously touched upon such as reggae and ska. Losing It even utilises an electric violin for an almost unrecognisable penultimate track!

Lifeson's guitar parts are not only mixed down to make room for this new electronic approach, but also sound less intricate. Having said that they're still engaging throughout and make the most of the limited breathing space they have, just don't expect La Villa Strangiato. You might have thought that with his attention focussed on the keyboards there might be less guitar input from Lee, quite the oppositite in fact! On Signals his bass lines remain funkier than ever and include some of my personal favourites such as The Analog Kid.

It has be noted that this album is amongst their most commercially accessible with New World Man breaking into the US charts shortly after its release, and whilst that may be true to a certain extent, I also consider it to be amongst their most "progressive" in terms of the evolution of their music.

The Bad: Chemistry.

The Verdict: With the start of a new direction also comes the end of a golden era for Rush. Whilst many of their later releases would have excellent songs, Signals was arguably their final, truly great album.

Starhammer | 4/5 |


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