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4 stars Polarize me. Sensitize Me. Criticize Me. Civilize Me"

The above lyrics were my favorite yell when this album came out the first time. It's an opening part of "Animate" the album opener.

When this album was released I thought it was not a good album but I always bought every album of Rush. So I decided to buy the cassette version. It's cheaper. But, when I played my cassette, the opening track "Animate" blew me away at first time. I kept rewinding the cassette to play this opening track. I usually did not go any further with this opening track until sometime my classic rock friend told me that there is another good track coming from this album, i.e. "Nobody's Hero". So I did try to "fast forward" the cassette to find this track. Yes, he's right, it's another good track. So I got two favorites coming from this album. But that's not the end of my story about this album. AT one occasion I played the cassette in full album, side A and B, all of them. Then I found something like "tagline" or "theme" that sprang over the album. Yes, each song is different but I find that all of individual songs form a good theme of the album and make a cohesive whole. Boom! Then I realized that this album is an excellent one. Of course, I could only do that because I kind like forgetting their past glories. I knew that since "Signals" the band has taken a new direction with their music. But musically, the new direction of Rush is at the same quality. So, my appreciation towards this album grew significantly. The second track "Stick It Out" and the third one "Cut To The Case" are also excellent compositions. Oh by the way, there is a great instrumental piece "Leave That Thing Alone" which did not attract me the first time I listened to it. But, hey come on . this is modern world, "Yyz" or "La Villa Strangiato" were the past, live today! So I started appreciating this track and I really enjoy it very much.

It's an excellent addition to any prog music collection. Keep on proggin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

Gatot | 4/5 |


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