Rush: The (Partial) Series – Presto (1989)
I am nearing the end of this partial series. In fact, this is the penultimate review until I can get shopping for the later-years albums I still need to complete my collection.
Let’s give ‘er!
Show Don’t Tell is the hit, we all know it well. It’s a big song, all over. You know this.
Chain Lightning is a funky rocker that I liked a lot. A very strong song, with a cool guitar solo.
The Pass is a gorgeous, sweeping slower song. Oh my goodness this is greatness. I especially liked the way it ends.
Warpaint is gentle in the verses, a bit more rock in the rest and with a sing-along ending. This was so good, I actually went back and played it twice. It’s hypnotic.
Scars is faster, slinky, funky. This is what would happen, I think, if you asked Rush to write an 80s radio hit pop song. Fun! The drum break is cool.
Presto’s acoustic intro is cool. When it gets going it’s still a gentler tune, though the sense of promise of more is always there. And then! There it is! This song has it all. Great!
Superconductor ramps up the rock tempo againwith a cool riff. This was a hit song, right? It should totally have beenhigher up in the running order, too. This one had me bouncing.
Anagram (For Mongo) has a quirky title, and repeatedly builds on a cool motif which culminates in a satisfying 90s rock mid-tempo thing. This was born for radio.
Red Tide’s piano intro becomes a bit of a throwback to the 80s electronic thing. It all pulls back for the verse, but not for long. The environmental message is strong, the point is well-made all around. The guitar solo is intriguing.
Hand Over Fist is just a cool tune all over. It’s bluesy, funky, it hits hard, the vocals soar. It’s all here. Oh man, if they ever played this live, the place would go nuts. It’s built to shake stadiums.
Available Light plods along for the verse. I can hear Peart’s drums just aching to go faster. Fortunately, the chorus picks things up and eventually we’re into full on Rush rock-out mode. Big fills, big solo, the works. A truly cool album closer.
In sum: Fantastic. There’s not a bad tune here. This is a strong, strong effort. My huge thanks to Mr. Lebrain, he of the Rawk Knowledge for getting this one to me!