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Rush - Hold Your Fire CD (album) cover




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3.28 | 860 ratings

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2 stars Ugh. The malaise which had crept into Rush's sound on Power Windows continues apace on Hold Your Fire, which is a formulaic Rush-by-numbers album from their mid-1980s synthesiser era - and the fact that any Rush album could be called "formulaic" illustrates the magnitude of the problem. The fact is that whilst Signals was a decent album and Grace Under Pressure was a superb refinement of its formula, the band followed that up with two albums which just lazily repeated the formula rather than continuing to grow and develop and change their sound, and whilst this was disappointing enough on Power Windows, by Hold Your Fire the band had become decidedly stale.

Time Stand Still is downright repetitive - a word I'd never have applied to any prior Rush song - whilst most of the other songs on the album are outright forgettable. Stick to Signals and Grace Under Pressure - those albums show off all the tricks Rush bring to the table on Hold Your Fire, and deliver with with significantly more passion and gusto than they are able to muster on this tepid, limp offering.

Warthur | 2/5 |


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