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East of Lyra
5 stars Rush at their peak.

Following a string of great albums in the late Seventies, Rush reached new hights with 1981's Moving Pictures. Although the twenty minute epics may be gone, the songwriting skills hadn't lessened.

Instead of the more science fiction inspired lyrics which had featured prominantly on the last few albums, Peart began to concentrate on other subject matter, such as the pressures of fame in "Limelight" and individualism in "Tom Sawyer".

Instrumentally, the album is a fantastic display of talent. Lee's intricate basslines drive the songs forward along with Peart's virtuoso drumming. Lee's synth work cannot be forgotten either. Lifeson too contributes much more greatly to this album than on their next one ("Signals") adding lush textures to the songs. The instrumental "YYZ" is a phenomenal track with masterful performances by all three members.

The prog influences remain however, with multiple time signatures and complex structures throughout the album. At over ten minutes, "The Camera Eye" continues the trend of longer songs.

Even the last two songs considered by many to be slightly weaker, are still excellent inclusions. "Witch Hunt" and "Vital Signs" should not be missed.

East of Lyra | 5/5 |


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