It’s official. Rush rules. No matter what they’re doing, it’s done with such talent and integrity and verve, it’s boggling. I have had the distinct pleasure of going through all of these early-year albums and not one of them has disappointed.
Signals is no different, what a huge album.
There follows my amateur impressions of the record, with no real in-depth analysis. Understanding, I hope, will come later, with repeat listenings. I’ll delve deeper into the lyrics, the music, as I will with all of these albums. I will be back again! 😉
Subdivisions is another of my all-time fave Rush songs. When I rocked Chronicles, this one often got repeat spins. It’s just a huge song, and the lyrics sum up what I think far better than I could ever articulate it.
The Analog Kid is a great big rock song with excellent energy. If they ever played this live, the place would surely go nuts. Even when it dips to the slower cool part, you just know the rock is coming back.
Chemistry is just a great song all over. It sprawls, with all the hallmarks of an epic Rush song. Does anyone else hear how this could be a Pink Floyd song? Or is it just me?
Digital Man keeps the epic ball rolling. There’s that reggae feel to parts of this again (revisiting Vital Signs a little?). I loved the heavier bit at 2:50, and the instrumental explorations thereafter. Big Lifeson solo. Excellent song!
The Weapon is another exploratory track that is brilliantly executed. [Hm. Perhaps that last sentence was unnecessary to type out. By this point, can we all assume that this is a given?] Anyway, The Weapon seals the deal. I’m sold. This is one king helluva huge Rush record and I’m only halfway through!
New World Man is another ig hit we all know well. I love the rhythm here. Seriously excellent.
Losing It has a gorgeous intro, and it only grows from there into more brilliant playing and soloing. This has to be one of the most aching songs about aging I’ve heard. Makes me wanna go carpe the shit out of that diem, for sure!
Countdown is a track they dedicated to NASA, which is very fitting (given what I perceive to be the themes on this record) and very, very cool. Geeks unite! Haha. Radio chatter, choppers flying past, this song has it all, the feel of a real launch (if Rush were soundtracking it)! Awesome!
In sum: I am in love. RUSH!
Thanks so much to our brother in rawk Lebrain!!