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3 stars "The mother of all machines!"

This was the first Rush album since their debut not to be produced by long time collaborator Terry Brown. The style is even more dominated by synthesizers than it's predecessor, and the introduction of Peart's electronic drum kit leaves a strange ska/industrial fusion underlying the release.

The Good: The signature keyboard opening of Distant Early Warning is almost as classic as Tom Sawyer's. The other two standout tracks are The Body Electric and the darker, Red Sector A which references the experiences of one of Lee's grandparents in WWII.

The Bad: The rest of the tracks, whilst enjoyable, are far from essential listening and are typical of the quality which would become associated with Rush in the following years. I hesitate to use the world "filler" because they would still wipe the floor with most other hard rock tracks of the 80s, they just lack the consistency and ingenuity which made Rush one of my favourite bands.

The Verdict: Not as good as what came before it, but still better than what was yet to come.

Starhammer | 3/5 |


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