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4.39 | 2933 ratings

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5 stars Not surprised at the 5 star review? Yeah, I'm not either. However, let me explain to you why this is such a masterpiece.

1. Tom Sawyer- If you don't know this song, then you must be living under a rock or aren't really familiar with classic rock in any way. This is an extremely well-crafted song and is Rush's most well-known song for a reason. It manages to balance a more accessible rock base with odd time signatures and purposeful artistic structure, and it manages it perfectly. The synthesizers here are wonderful and the band is instrumentally very good. Great track! Try not to sing to it, even if your vocals suck. Flawless. 10+/10

2. Red Barchetta- This song holds so many memories to me because it is the song that has bonded my father and me several times over the years. The atmosphere set up in this song is ideal, the instrumentation again is wonderful, and Lifeson's solo almost midway through the song is magic. The trio really manage to create a perfect song here. Flawless. 10+/10

3. YYZ- Now THIS is an instrumental! This song is absurdly amazing with all three musicians really tight and still keeping everything in balance to maintain a relatively shorter song. The emotions bottled in this song so perfectly are kept in check and the interplay among the three of them is superb. If you think that Moving Pictures is a step away from Rush's virtuosity and more prog influences, listen to this. Flawless. 10+/10

4. Limelight- Lyrics are spot on here, illustrating Peart's views about being in the limelight. They're incredibly intelligent and fitting, as his lyrics are throughout the album, these are just of extremely particular note. Instrumentation is great here as usual, and Lifeson's guitar really makes this a wonderful track. Rush played this track as the opener to the Snakes and Arrows tour and they could not have picked a better track to begin with. This really is a great culmination of a soulful track by the Canadian trio. Flawless. 10+/10

5. The Camera Eye- Rush's last track that lasts over 10 minutes, and what a last entry it is. The band is once again in top instrumental form here, creating a song that is infinitely expressive, always interesting, and full of plenty of rock and prog elements. Flawless. 10+/10

6. Witch Hunt- Why is this track so overlooked? Lifeson's crunching, haunting riffs really drive this song once it gets started after an extremely fitting, spoken vocal mob intro that sets the tone for a witch hunt. Peart's drums and Lee's synth/vocal/bass work also complement this song perfectly, climaxing in a burst of emotional rush along with Peart's lyrics. Those who know what's best for us/Must rise and save us from ourselves! Fantastic. Flawless. 10+/10

7. Vital Signs- Least best track of the album, but I still can't find any fault with it whatsoever! Great experimental track here with interesting vocals by Lee and the sequencer-esque sound throughout. Rush doing what they do best once more and a pretty good closer. 10/10

A masterpiece of music.

MovingPictures07 | 5/5 |


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