jnoble, on 31 May 2017 - 11:55 PM, said:
Rupert Hine gets a lot of flack for his trebely tinny poppy sounding records with Rush and that's certainly a fair point but he WAS good at coaxing good melodies and song flow from the boys. I can't think of a single song on Presto or RTB where it sounded like a disjointed frankenstein of song parts scotch taped together with shoehorned lyrics.
This is a really interesting statement! I haven't thought of it that way. Certainly the tinny treble overload sound is a huge problem for both of those albums, but I agree that the songwriting was in many ways superior to some of the more recent albums; Clockwork Angels
being the most egregious offender. I still feel like there is a drop-off from the stellar work of the 80s synth era albums, both in terms of songs and sound especially on Presto
, but I hadn't thought of Rupert Hine's contributions beyond the overall sound. Of course this is a faulty way to think about things, because of course producers are heavily involved in arrangements and would be responsible for all the things you mentioned. I think my takeaway is that those two albums ended up being a real mixed bag of wonderful and problematic, but overall came out better than many of the subsequent albums, especially Clockwork Angels, Vapor Trails
, and Counterparts
. Thank you for bringing up this point.