OMFG MOVING PICTURES!!!!!
This album should be required in every home, maybe with a little shrine in the corner with some candles and incense burning for the truly dedicated. What a monster record!
Now, this is one I don’t (yet) own, but I will. Oh yes, I will. Mike, if I don’t have this one by the time we go to Taranna on our next excursion, I’d be very surprised. But in case I don’t, it’s tops of the search list! For now I had to content myself with hearing the full album on the youtubes. It’s a lifesaver for me, in this series and with my need to be complete as I go along, that they had it all up there for free!
So. Do I even need to tell you about this record? Surely you know it forwards and backwards and love every inch of every song as much as I have. I mean, the first four songs (three of which are on my Chronicles set) will take the top of your head off, pour it full of awesomeness and then send you reeling into the last three tracks so blissfully you’ll come back for more as soon as the last note ends.
Look at this:
01 Tom Sawyer (a fucking monster track you know so well)
02 Red Barchetta (one of my all-time Rush fave tracks!)
03 YYZ (an absolutely mind-blowing instrumental… about Pearson airport?)
04 Limelight (yet another monster hit)
I mean, that right there, they could go home and call it a total success. But they’re not done with us yet. No no, this is Rush. They wanna make sure we’re well and truly ridden hard and put down wet, fully satisfied after a listening session, so there’s three more tracks! Ready? Of course you are!
The Camera Eye seems to know we need a bit of a breather after all that awesome, so it slow builds for a while with synth stabs before becoming an oddly muddy-sounding slow-but-heavy rocker for a while. Then we shift gears again into a higher energy section that sounds very happy. Almost poppy. Fun! We slow back down and reprise the previous bit for a while, before bringing back the faster part. The back and forth isn’t jarring at all, feels natural as it happens. Like all epic Rush songs, this is an expedition. See YYZ, above. And as you know, one must prepare for expeditions.
Witch Hunt (Part III of Fear) quickly builds into a fairly menacing rock tune. More cowbell! It almost sounds like it’s going to fall apart at any moment (of course it won’t, this is Rush, after all) but it adds to the cool effect. And then it starts to soar… This is trippy and fascinating and beautiful… perfect soundtrack music for something. Whatever “Fear” is, I suppose.
Vital Signs brings back the rock with a reggae thing that sounds like Rush doing a Police song. It’s not a criticism, just pointing it out. Wow, that snare has a weird smush sound to it. It all improves when the bass finally joins the mix (missing from the intro). I really enjoyed this! Rush does reggae! Haha awesome. Good on them for trying it out.
In sum: This is an incredible album that fully speaks to the band’s boggling talent, versatility and hit-making skills. As with all of their other records before it, I think I’ll benefit from repeat listens, glean far more with each spin. One this is for certain, I will not stop spinning it. This one’s gold. Thanks, youtubes! I will be buying this shortly, I’m sure.