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3 stars Fully embracing the technology of the times, "Grace Under Pressure" becomes Rush's first album to rely, in part, on synthesizers, creating a more layered and varied sound to their music while showing off their adaptability as players and song writers. There is a lot to like here, but it may take a few listens and lyrical read-through to fully appreciate it.

For starters, Geddy's monstrous bass playing does disappear somewhat as he concentrates more on his keyboard. For me, this makes the music less intense, but not more dull; the band is actually doing more than before, it just isn't as ballsy as on previous albums. Peart's drumming is taken down a notch in intensity as well, as it seems he is concentrating on finding new ways to change the bands sound (with his partly electronic kit, at this point) rather than making our brains explode with his trademark fills. Additionally, the tracks themselves are somewhat inconsistent, with the first half top- loaded with greatness with side B sounding a little weak in comparison.

These minor complaints aside, "Grace Under Pressure" is still a very good album, featuring some creative playing and lyrics different than most other Rush albums up to that point.

Songwriting: 4 Instrumental Performances: 3 Lyrics/Vocals: 4 Style/Emotion/Replay: 3

Prog Leviathan | 3/5 |


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