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5 stars Moving Pictures is a fan favourite and at the same time Rush's most critically acclaimed album. I have a personal preference for the following album Signals but I can't disagree that Moving Pictures is the best possible entry point into the wonderful world of Rush.

Since the preceding Permanent Waves Rush had gone through numerous changes. First of all Geddy Lee had adopted a more melodic way of singing which would increase Rush's potential to reach wider audiences. Secondly Geddy must have realized that, even though he was already simultaneously singing and banging away on his bass during concerts, he hadn't been using the full potential of his feet yet! So in came more synths and multiple synth pedals that gradually led to a more prominent presence of keyboards in Rush's sound.

By consequence Alex Lifeson's role got less important, or should we say less eye-catching? His guitar playing became less flashy and the sound dryer, almost pushed to the background, and his attention shifted from riffs to more textured guitar work. This versatile nature of his playing, together with his openness to adapt new styles, and his willingness to take up a more modest role as a group member are the main reasons why he is my favourite musician. Next to his amazing solos of course.

Neill Peart's drumming is better then it ever was and his lyrics changed from science fiction to more contemporary, personal and psychological matters.

Most of the songs, especially the first four, are widely known. I can only stress that the other three are even better in my ears. The Camera Eye is the last epic track Rush would commit to tape and I think it is only surpassed by Xanadu in Rush's catalogue.

Actually, the two last songs is where magic really happens for me, and both list among my Rush favourites. Which Hunt gets to me for its dark atmosphere and emotionality. Its finale is one of the best moments of the album next to YYZ. Vital Signs announces the next album, even in its title. This song is the high point of Rush's flirt with new wave and reggae that had started on Permanent Waves. With this track they take a huge leap into the next stage of their career.

The album offers a huge variety of music, showcasing every reason why Rush is so outstanding: great song writing, excellent musicianship, originality, and most of all, their unstoppable urge to evolve and grow. Yes, while most fans hoped Rush would continue churning out carbon copies of this album, they choose not to look back but forward and went on doing things in the 80's that would alienate many fans. But not this one!

Bonnek | 5/5 |


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