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2 stars 2.5, actually.

Um; yeah. Rush goes pop, and the results disappoint. Terry Brown is not mentioned in the credits, which already makes me look at it with a critical eye. He is partially responsible for some of their most legendary work. "RED SECTOR A" is a haunting song, driven by electronic drums, synths and insistent guitar, but the music does no justice at all to the lyrics.

That has to be my main problem with GUP, and the reason why I give it such a low rating. The music, while still well-played, sound WAAAAAAAY out of sync with the lyrics. Peart's words have become colder, less heart-felt, more jaded, so it would reason that the music follows suit. Instead, one hears almost "happy" sounding synth lines, mechanical drums, and some of the thinnest guitar to even come out of the Rush lexicon. Note: remastering wouldn't help much.

One has to wonder: what the hell were they thinking? Granted, synth-pop was, well, POPular when this was released, but to my ears, it sounds like Pink Flyod and The Cars were duking it out in A Flock Of Seagull's rehearsal room. The results are truly disappointing.

sbrushfan | 2/5 |


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