Rush: The (Partial) Series – Permanent Waves (1980)
What a ride! You know, I’ve had so much fun going through all these Rush albums. They are all so excellent, and this one is certainly no exception. And once again, as with all of these so far, this album came to me through our brother in rawk Lebrain. Let’s give ‘er!
The Spirit Of Radio is a huge classic. You know this one. I love everything about it musically. Everything. I also love the concern, in the lyrics, for integrity. “All this machinery making modern music can still be open-hearted.” As the synths and effects creep in further, hearing him say this is a relief!
Freewill is another huge one that you’ll know well. I liked the message here, too. Musically, it rocks as only Rush can rock – tight, complicated and endlessly fascinating! I love the bass around 3:00 and then, in fact, the whole instrumental part that follows. True greatness, this whole thing.
Jacob’s Ladder’s intro (which almost feels like a march, somehow) leads into a heavy-riffed song that had me headbanging. It’s almost meditative. Zen rock! The synths take over for a long, trippy section. But the guitar reasserts itself as the drums skitter and then big crashing returns before we fade out. EPIC!
Damn, halfway through and this record is batting 1000.
Entre Nous is a relationship tune I’d never heard before, but I wish I had! It’s not as showy, bu tno less awesome. The many parts hold together excellently, and perfectly compliment the (as always) thoughtful, poetic lyrics. Another perfect track.
Different Strings’ gently picked intro leads into a slower tune that’s a plea for common sense. I really liked this. If they ever played it live, the lighters would be up in full force! Ooof. I’ve just dated myself, haven’t I. The young turks today use their cell phones, I know, I know. Anyway, excellent song!
Natural Science has a gentle acoustic intro that sounds a bit spacey. When the song really kicks in, it’s another tricky Rush rocker with great lines from all the instruments. The wonky synths fit the tune. And once again the lyrics focus on integrity. I’d wager that if I went back and read the lyric sheet, much of this album is about being real. I love it. Oh, and check out 3:55-4:41. Cool! The song shifts again and becomes absolutely lifting as it swings. Yes! And, at the close, we’re left to listen to the waves. Permanent waves, clearly.
What a track! What an album!! Thanks so much Mike!!