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Unlike so many other great prog bands from the 70s like YES or GENESIS, RUSH managed to reinvent themselves while still upholding the quality in their music. Their sound gradually changed from the hard rock-fused prog rock on most of their late 70s/early 80s work to a more atmospheric progressive "pop-rock" roughly beginning on SIGNALS from 1982. On GRACE UNDER PRESSURE this new era reached the highpoint. There is not a single sub-par song on this album, something that is very rare for RUSH, even during their hay days. The highlights consists of the introducing three tracks DISTANT EARLY WARNING, AFTERIMAGE and RED SECTOR A. A layer of lush keyboards, Lifesons new amazing atmospheric guitar sound and Lees emotional and sometimes foreboding vocals make these three songs in particular extremely enjoyable. The rest of the songs are also very good and because of the unique atmosphere you sometimes you get the feeling you are listening to the soundtrack to a post- apocalyptic story. This is definitely one of the best RUSH records out there, even though it differs a lot in style to the classic records such as A FAREWELL TO KINGS and HEMISPHERES.

Caprianders | 5/5 |


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