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5 stars OK...wasn't I just ragging on GUP? I believe I gave it two stars? Well, I can't do the same on this one. "PW" is where synth-era Rush got HEAVY, and got down to busy business.

"The Big Money" comes out of nowhere, guitars raging, drums crashing, bass and synths swirling, and in the center of the maelstrom is that voice...THAT VOICE, slapping the listener in the face but fierce!

"Grand Designs" is my favorite song on the album, with synths and percussion up front, letting the bass and guitar dwell quietly in the back til midway through, when Lifeson roars to the foreground.

Production is graceful, atomspheric, things that were lacking on GUP. Lyrics are more poetic, more worldly, and more well-written, and it does seem that this album was written as a response to the coldness of GUP, which is, IMO, their worst disc ever. And so it goes...

I do believe that every album after this simply built on the great things "Power Windows" acheives, til they reach their 80's pinnacle with PRESTO. This album marks the height of synth-era Rush at their powers, able to mix prog, rock and synth-pop into a delectable and satisfying dish.

sbrushfan | 5/5 |


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