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Sean Trane
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Prog Folk
3 stars 3,5 stars really!!

The newer fans gave more reason to go in the direction they did but I (and most of my friends) was quickly losing interest. This is the last real album I bought with my eyes closed not even hearing it before buying it. With retrospect , this is one of the more accomplished new Rush of the 80's. But it was hard to swallow for early fans , but as this was the logical successor of Waves: there was even less emphasis on suite-style prog music than before and the shorter song format was settling in, Both of these elements were making us anxious at what lay ahead.

Tracks like Tom Sawyer, Limelight are clearly the tracks that got more airplay but not all that representative of the album. Red Barchetta also got attention and was about red coloured Italian sport cars. YYZ is the only instrumental track (clearly a highlight on this album) and is named after the Toronto International Airport code.

Side 2 start with the major track Camera Eye . I was wondering at the time what all this stuff about Camera as Yes's Drama album had a track called that and Renaissance's Camera, Camera album was also from those early 80's soon to be dominated by video-clips with regular rotation of then-new MTV and Canadian-equivalent MuchMusic - image was to take over music as the message for teen-agers. Witch Hunt is another worthy track very much in the mould of the album, but Vital Signs ends it in a relatively poor fashion.

As this is the pivotal album for a band destined to a long second career, to me , fan of the first hour , this album pretty spelled the end of my absolute fanhood. Of course I would go on listening to futuire albums, but I was unconditional anymore.

Sean Trane | 3/5 |


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