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4 stars First Rush classic album ( ok, to be more correct - "Rush middle period classic album"if you want).

I perfectly understand , that Rush fans are often divided into three groups. Some of them prefer Rush earlier sound ( in fact, hard rock with some prog elements, but heavy in screaming vocal,guitars and rhythm). I like some of their works of that period as well, but don't think that Rush will be known for a years because of that time music.

Another listeners ( generally young generation) like Rush sound starting from "Signals", where they were more synth-driven group with some "new wave"elements. No guitar sound anymore. I don't like it at all, but believe, that some their albums of that period are even better than faceless boring neo-prog of the same period.

As for me ( and I believe, there are plenty of proggers thinking like that) Rush golden period is short time starting from possibly "Hemispheres" and finishing with "Signals" . Excellent mix of heavy rock, complex art-prog, guitar driven multitextured sound and bright melodies. Albums are usually very focused, consists of songs,which are not too long ( often atribute of prog, but without nothing inside,just burning your time), not too short, just as its should be. Best compositions (incl. some perfect instrumentals), highest musician's form.

So, "Permanent Waves"is album from that period, and album is good. Near their peak and one of the best album from american progresive rock of all times - "Moving Pictures".

OK, there are still some unfocused moments, some longevities without serious reason, but generally very good album.

snobb | 4/5 |


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