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Queen By-Tor
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3 stars Rush set aside the synthesizers and release the guitar! ... Well, kind of, anyways.

Where their prior release "Signals" saw Rush using more and more keyboards, making a more complex soundscape, they somehow managed to drown out the guitar. On this outting, there is still many synthesized parts, but the guitar is much more put to the forfront, letting Lifeson shine once more. This is all in all a good album, very enjoyable, but it's not as prog, since it's now the 80s. Songs such as THE BODY ELECTRIC and BETWEEN THE WHEELS are exceptional, increadable by any standpoint, others, such as AFTERIMAGE and THE ENEMY WITHIN are very heavy and good, but not quite as typically Rush.

This album took a while to catch onto me, and at this point it's likely that it's one of my favorites in the Rush catalog, however, it is not an essential album. If you're just getting into Rush, or are only looking for their best, you'd be better off with "Permanent Waves" or "Moving Pictures".3.5 stars, great album, but not entirely essential.

Queen By-Tor | 3/5 |


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