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#21 houseofclouse

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Posted 13 August 2017 - 07:48 PM

18. Vapor Trails
Year: 2002
Track Listing:

1. One Little Victory
One Little Victory is a really good way to open an album. It features excellent drumming and tons of energy. I love the lyrics and the intensity of the track.

Grade: Good

2. Ceiling Unlimited
Ceiling Unlimited has a great lyrical message and some good guitar work, but lacks energy. Geddy's vocals are delivered well though. Ceiling Unlimited feels a little bland and it is not very memorable.

Grade: Average

3. Ghost Rider
Ghost Rider is a very emotional track with unique sounding guitar riffs and really good lyrics. The chorus is very memorable as well. I enjoy this song.

Grade: Good

4. Peaceable Kingdom
Peaceable Kingdom has some nice heavy guitar riffs, but suffers from its somewhat boring musical approach. The song meanders and becomes a somewhat boring listen.

Grade: Below Average

5. The Stars Look Down
The Stars Look Down has beautiful moments throughout, but is an inconsistent listen. I do like the memorable chorus, but Geddy's vocal delivery is inconsistent.

Grade: Average

6. How It Is
How It Is is a lyrical beast of a song, but musically it's lacking. I think it is a very emotional and heartfelt track, but it isn't the most enjoyable listen. It is still a decent song.

Grade: Average

7. Vapor Trail
Vapor Trail is a great emotional track that has beautiful music and lyrics. The chorus is memorable and the guitar solo is a terrific addition.

Grade: Good

8. Secret Touch
Secret Touch has one of Rush's all time best choruses. It has excellent guitar work, fast paced bass playing, and powerful drumming. Geddy's vocals are at their best on this track.

Grade: Great

9. Earthshine
Earthshine has some amazing heavy guitar riffs and Lifeson's best sounding guitar work from the album. The chorus is big and anthemic. The guitar solo is fantastic.

Grade: Superb

10. Sweet Miracle
Sweet Miracle is a beautiful and catchy tune. The chorus is memorable and fun to sing along to. It's a fairly simple tune that is very effective.

Grade: Good

11. Nocturne
Nocturne is a psychedelic track that has some really good moments. It's a strange tune that seems to drag at times, but is a decent song overall.

Grade: Average

12. Freeze
Freeze has lots of dark atmosphere and has eerie guitar parts. The chorus does not fit the track well at all and is its downfall. Also it lasts too long.

Grade: Average

13. Out of the Cradle
This is not a good way to end an album. The chorus is somewhat weak and the guitar riffs are repetitive and somewhat boring. It is a weak closer.

Grade: Poor

Vapor Trails has really great lyrics and has some good moments, but due to poor production and inconsistent track quality it is a fairly average album. I like how emotional it is and how great the drumming is, but the album is inconsistent musically.

Rating: 6/10

Edited by houseofclouse, 13 August 2017 - 08:05 PM.


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Posted 14 August 2017 - 06:00 AM

Not sure how you can rate songs 1-10 when you only have nine gradings ;-)

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Posted 14 August 2017 - 06:39 AM

View PostEagleMoon, on 13 August 2017 - 12:08 AM, said:

More ranking. I think that's all this forum knows how to do anymore.

Personally, I prefer grading.

For example, I'd grade your post a C. You get points for not only being concise but also very easily understood. Additionally, the font, coloring, and text size flow smoothly.

However, there isn't much there in terms of exciting the readers or offering anything new.

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Posted 14 August 2017 - 08:51 AM

View PostFridge, on 14 August 2017 - 06:00 AM, said:

Not sure how you can rate songs 1-10 when you only have nine gradings ;-)
The reason for my song grades is pretty simple. They are easily understood by simply looking at a word that describes them. The overall album rating is out of 10 because that is the usual rating system for albums. They're are other things like how well the album flows, the mixing and production, as well as song placement on the album that go into my overall rating. It's not just a simple Average of every song to find my overall grade. This is why my overall rating is out of 10

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Posted 14 August 2017 - 05:07 PM

We are now at number 17. Now we are already into albums that are better and more consistent.

Each track will be rated as follows: Awful, Very Poor, Poor, Below Average, Average, Above Average, Good, Great, Superb
The album will be rated on a scale of 1 to 10.

17. Rush
Year: 1974
Track Listing:

1. Finding My Way
Finding My Way is the best song to open up this album. The chorus is simple and catchy. Geddy's bass playing is great. Lifeson's guitar work is great as well as Geddy's high pitched vocal delivery.

Grade: Good

2. Need Some Love
Need Some Love is simple, catchy, and really short. The guitar solo is good, but there really isn't anything that makes this track memorable other than the catchy chorus.

Grade: Average

3. Take a Friend
I like the fade in guitar riff to begin this song. Like most of the tracks on this album, it is very simple lyrically. Lifeson's solo is really good as well.

Grade: Average

4. Here Again
Here Again is a long bluesy track that has an excellent beat and soulful feel to it. Geddy's vocals are very fitting and Lifeson's soloing is fantastic.

Grade: Good

5. What You're Doing
It's simple, catchy, and full of attitude. I like What You're Doing, with its great riffs, guitar solos and 70s hard rock spirit.

Grade: Above Average

6. In the Mood
This is easily the cheesiest track from the album. It's catchy, but not in a good way. It really is not a bad song though. The lyrics are just funny though.

Grade: Below Average

7. Before and After
It has a nice softer opening that reminds me of later Rush material. The opening is easily my favorite part. The rest of the song is just that standard 70s hard rock sound.

Grade: Above Average

8. Working Man
Working Man is the definitive early Rush classic. It has simple and well executed lyrics, excellent guitar work, and the only truly noteworthy drumming on the entire disc.

Grade: Superb

Rush is a 70s hard rock album. It's nothing like their later work, but it has great moments. Still other than Working Man, there are no true stand out tracks. Just remember there was no drumming by Neil Peart on this release.

Rating: 6.5/10

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Posted 14 August 2017 - 07:24 PM

View PostEagleMoon, on 13 August 2017 - 12:08 AM, said:

More ranking. I think that's all this forum knows how to do anymore.
I think it's spelled "wanking"... :smoke:

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Posted 15 August 2017 - 09:33 AM

We are now at number 16. Most fans are not going to like the album I put here. I do like the album I am placing here though.

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16. Fly by Night
Year: 1975
Track Listing:

1. Anthem
Anthem is a great hard rocking opener. It has awesome guitar riffs, great drumming, and great vocals. The guitar solo is top notch.

Grade: Great

2. Best I Can
Best I Can reminds me of their debut album. It reverts back to that simple hard rock formula.

Grade: Above Average

3. Beneath, Between & Behind
Here is a track that demonstrates the huge progression lyrically for the band as Neil uses metaphors to describe America.

Grade: Good

4. By-Tor and the Snow Dog
The band's first epic is definitely their least impressive. Still, this song is very impressive musically and has fun fantasy lyrics.

Grade: Good

5. Fly by Night
Now comes the polarizing title track. Some absolutely love it. I do not. Rush has much better songs than this on the album itself and in their catalog. It's simple and catchy, but that's about it.

Grade: Above Average

6. Making Memories
Making Memories is a very enjoyable listen with great acoustic guitar and lyrics. I love how quick and fun the song is to listen to.

Grade: Good

7. Rivendell
Now comes the most boring track on the album. This track will put anyone to sleep. I really don't mind the Tolkien inspired lyrics, but the music itself is a bore to listen to.

Grade: Very Poor

8. In the End
I like the lyrics and I enjoy the acoustic opening. When the guitar switches over from acoustic to electric, it really feels epic. I enjoy the guitar solo as well, but Geddy's humming is a little awkward. My one flaw is the song could have been shorter. It really does last too long. With all that being said, this is a a good closer

Grade: Good

Fly by Night is a huge shift in musical direction. Rush still has 70s style hard rock throughout the album, but take a new progressive approach. Neil Peart is a huge improvement on the drums. His lyricism also make this album much more meaningful. I think this album is on a similar level as their debut, but has an improved musical style with vastly improved lyrics.

Rating: 7/10

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19. Test for Echo
Year: 1996
Track Listing:

1. Test for Echo
What a great opener to an album. Test for Echo has amazing drumming, fast paced bass playing, and heavy guitar riffs. The chorus is very effective as well.

Grade: Great

2. Driven
Wow, what a phenomenal song! Driven has heavy guitar riffs, catchy bass lines, and fantastic drumming. Geddy's vocal delivery is hit and miss throughout this album, but he kills it on this track.

Grade: Superb

3. Half the World
Half the World is a softer peace of music that is enjoyable to listen to at first, but it becomes a drag because of boring lyrics and repetitive music. This track may be well liked by some Rush fans, but definitely not one for me.

Grade: Poor

4. The Color of Right
The Color of Right has some really good guitar work and is solid musically. Despite this, the track is one of Rush's worst. This is because of Geddy's awkward vocal delivery and the horrible sounding chorus. It really makes me cringe a little bit.

Grade: Very Poor

5. Time and Motion
Time and Motion is a unique listening experience that seems to grow on me with every listen. The guitar riff is heavy and Neil's drumming is great too. The guitar solo is phenomenal and is definitely one of Lifeson's most underrated. It's an odd tune, but it is very effective.

Grade: Good

6. Totem
Totem has a really good chorus and a great guitar solo, but is very lackluster during the verses. It's a strange tune that I really don't like because of its inconsistency and poor listening experience.

Grade: Poor

7. Dog Years
This is probably the Rush song that is most painful to listen to. This song has excellent bass, but the lyrics are terrible. The music feels disjointed and really does not flow well. Dog Years is odd and really does not work on any level.

Grade: Awful

8. Virtuality
Virtuality has an amazing heavy guitar riff. The drumming is also fantastic. The main problem with the song is another weak chorus. It really takes my interest away from the track when the chorus happens. Still it is a very unique listening experience. The track does not flow well though and feels disjointed.

Grade: Average

9. Resist
Resist is a beautiful track with great melody and I love Lifeson's emotionally driven guitar licks. The song can drag at times though and feels a little repetitive. The studio version isn't as good as the live, but is still a solid track.

Grade: Above Average

10. Limbo
Limbo may be one of Rush's weakest instrumentals, but that isn't really saying much considering how great their instrumental pieces are. Geddy shows a lot of personality through his bass playing and Lifeson's guitar work is excellent.

Grade: Good

11. Carve Away the Stone
Carve Away the Stone has some nice vocal melodies and I love the song's message. My main problem is the song's somewhat anti-climatic approach. I do love the guitar solo though.

Grade: Average

Test for Echo is an odd release that has some good moments, but is lacking in many ways. Rush plays well musically, but the lyrical content of this album is inconsistent. I do like Alex Lifeson's terrific guitar work and Neil Peart's great drumming. Geddy's vocal performance is not up to his normal level, but it's very good on some tracks. Test for Echo may have great moments, but it is definitely the least enjoyable of all the Rush albums for me though.

Rating: 4.5/10
I love, love love Dog Years so i choose to think that your review of the song is awful! :)  I also love Totem and Virtuality.

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Posted 15 August 2017 - 10:01 AM


To each his own, I can't stand Dog Years, and I understand why you love Virtuality. Those riffs are fantastic

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Posted 15 August 2017 - 10:04 AM

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View Posthouseofclouse, on 12 August 2017 - 09:35 PM, said:

19. Test for Echo
Year: 1996
Track Listing:

1. Test for Echo
What a great opener to an album. Test for Echo has amazing drumming, fast paced bass playing, and heavy guitar riffs. The chorus is very effective as well.

Grade: Great

2. Driven
Wow, what a phenomenal song! Driven has heavy guitar riffs, catchy bass lines, and fantastic drumming. Geddy's vocal delivery is hit and miss throughout this album, but he kills it on this track.

Grade: Superb

3. Half the World
Half the World is a softer peace of music that is enjoyable to listen to at first, but it becomes a drag because of boring lyrics and repetitive music. This track may be well liked by some Rush fans, but definitely not one for me.

Grade: Poor

4. The Color of Right
The Color of Right has some really good guitar work and is solid musically. Despite this, the track is one of Rush's worst. This is because of Geddy's awkward vocal delivery and the horrible sounding chorus. It really makes me cringe a little bit.

Grade: Very Poor

5. Time and Motion
Time and Motion is a unique listening experience that seems to grow on me with every listen. The guitar riff is heavy and Neil's drumming is great too. The guitar solo is phenomenal and is definitely one of Lifeson's most underrated. It's an odd tune, but it is very effective.

Grade: Good

6. Totem
Totem has a really good chorus and a great guitar solo, but is very lackluster during the verses. It's a strange tune that I really don't like because of its inconsistency and poor listening experience.

Grade: Poor

7. Dog Years
This is probably the Rush song that is most painful to listen to. This song has excellent bass, but the lyrics are terrible. The music feels disjointed and really does not flow well. Dog Years is odd and really does not work on any level.

Grade: Awful

8. Virtuality
Virtuality has an amazing heavy guitar riff. The drumming is also fantastic. The main problem with the song is another weak chorus. It really takes my interest away from the track when the chorus happens. Still it is a very unique listening experience. The track does not flow well though and feels disjointed.

Grade: Average

9. Resist
Resist is a beautiful track with great melody and I love Lifeson's emotionally driven guitar licks. The song can drag at times though and feels a little repetitive. The studio version isn't as good as the live, but is still a solid track.

Grade: Above Average

10. Limbo
Limbo may be one of Rush's weakest instrumentals, but that isn't really saying much considering how great their instrumental pieces are. Geddy shows a lot of personality through his bass playing and Lifeson's guitar work is excellent.

Grade: Good

11. Carve Away the Stone
Carve Away the Stone has some nice vocal melodies and I love the song's message. My main problem is the song's somewhat anti-climatic approach. I do love the guitar solo though.

Grade: Average

Test for Echo is an odd release that has some good moments, but is lacking in many ways. Rush plays well musically, but the lyrical content of this album is inconsistent. I do like Alex Lifeson's terrific guitar work and Neil Peart's great drumming. Geddy's vocal performance is not up to his normal level, but it's very good on some tracks. Test for Echo may have great moments, but it is definitely the least enjoyable of all the Rush albums for me though.

Rating: 4.5/10
I love, love love Dog Years so i choose to think that your review of the song is awful! :)  I also love Totem and Virtuality.
Also, where would you rank Test for Echo?

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Posted 15 August 2017 - 10:38 AM

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19. Test for Echo
Year: 1996
Track Listing:

1. Test for Echo
What a great opener to an album. Test for Echo has amazing drumming, fast paced bass playing, and heavy guitar riffs. The chorus is very effective as well.

Grade: Great

2. Driven
Wow, what a phenomenal song! Driven has heavy guitar riffs, catchy bass lines, and fantastic drumming. Geddy's vocal delivery is hit and miss throughout this album, but he kills it on this track.

Grade: Superb

3. Half the World
Half the World is a softer peace of music that is enjoyable to listen to at first, but it becomes a drag because of boring lyrics and repetitive music. This track may be well liked by some Rush fans, but definitely not one for me.

Grade: Poor

4. The Color of Right
The Color of Right has some really good guitar work and is solid musically. Despite this, the track is one of Rush's worst. This is because of Geddy's awkward vocal delivery and the horrible sounding chorus. It really makes me cringe a little bit.

Grade: Very Poor

5. Time and Motion
Time and Motion is a unique listening experience that seems to grow on me with every listen. The guitar riff is heavy and Neil's drumming is great too. The guitar solo is phenomenal and is definitely one of Lifeson's most underrated. It's an odd tune, but it is very effective.

Grade: Good

6. Totem
Totem has a really good chorus and a great guitar solo, but is very lackluster during the verses. It's a strange tune that I really don't like because of its inconsistency and poor listening experience.

Grade: Poor

7. Dog Years
This is probably the Rush song that is most painful to listen to. This song has excellent bass, but the lyrics are terrible. The music feels disjointed and really does not flow well. Dog Years is odd and really does not work on any level.

Grade: Awful

8. Virtuality
Virtuality has an amazing heavy guitar riff. The drumming is also fantastic. The main problem with the song is another weak chorus. It really takes my interest away from the track when the chorus happens. Still it is a very unique listening experience. The track does not flow well though and feels disjointed.

Grade: Average

9. Resist
Resist is a beautiful track with great melody and I love Lifeson's emotionally driven guitar licks. The song can drag at times though and feels a little repetitive. The studio version isn't as good as the live, but is still a solid track.

Grade: Above Average

10. Limbo
Limbo may be one of Rush's weakest instrumentals, but that isn't really saying much considering how great their instrumental pieces are. Geddy shows a lot of personality through his bass playing and Lifeson's guitar work is excellent.

Grade: Good

11. Carve Away the Stone
Carve Away the Stone has some nice vocal melodies and I love the song's message. My main problem is the song's somewhat anti-climatic approach. I do love the guitar solo though.

Grade: Average

Test for Echo is an odd release that has some good moments, but is lacking in many ways. Rush plays well musically, but the lyrical content of this album is inconsistent. I do like Alex Lifeson's terrific guitar work and Neil Peart's great drumming. Geddy's vocal performance is not up to his normal level, but it's very good on some tracks. Test for Echo may have great moments, but it is definitely the least enjoyable of all the Rush albums for me though.

Rating: 4.5/10
I love, love love Dog Years so i choose to think that your review of the song is awful! :)  I also love Totem and Virtuality.
Also, where would you rank Test for Echo?
The song is great.  The album is around 15 for me.

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Posted 15 August 2017 - 10:43 AM

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19. Test for Echo
Year: 1996
Track Listing:

1. Test for Echo
What a great opener to an album. Test for Echo has amazing drumming, fast paced bass playing, and heavy guitar riffs. The chorus is very effective as well.

Grade: Great

2. Driven
Wow, what a phenomenal song! Driven has heavy guitar riffs, catchy bass lines, and fantastic drumming. Geddy's vocal delivery is hit and miss throughout this album, but he kills it on this track.

Grade: Superb

3. Half the World
Half the World is a softer peace of music that is enjoyable to listen to at first, but it becomes a drag because of boring lyrics and repetitive music. This track may be well liked by some Rush fans, but definitely not one for me.

Grade: Poor

4. The Color of Right
The Color of Right has some really good guitar work and is solid musically. Despite this, the track is one of Rush's worst. This is because of Geddy's awkward vocal delivery and the horrible sounding chorus. It really makes me cringe a little bit.

Grade: Very Poor

5. Time and Motion
Time and Motion is a unique listening experience that seems to grow on me with every listen. The guitar riff is heavy and Neil's drumming is great too. The guitar solo is phenomenal and is definitely one of Lifeson's most underrated. It's an odd tune, but it is very effective.

Grade: Good

6. Totem
Totem has a really good chorus and a great guitar solo, but is very lackluster during the verses. It's a strange tune that I really don't like because of its inconsistency and poor listening experience.

Grade: Poor

7. Dog Years
This is probably the Rush song that is most painful to listen to. This song has excellent bass, but the lyrics are terrible. The music feels disjointed and really does not flow well. Dog Years is odd and really does not work on any level.

Grade: Awful

8. Virtuality
Virtuality has an amazing heavy guitar riff. The drumming is also fantastic. The main problem with the song is another weak chorus. It really takes my interest away from the track when the chorus happens. Still it is a very unique listening experience. The track does not flow well though and feels disjointed.

Grade: Average

9. Resist
Resist is a beautiful track with great melody and I love Lifeson's emotionally driven guitar licks. The song can drag at times though and feels a little repetitive. The studio version isn't as good as the live, but is still a solid track.

Grade: Above Average

10. Limbo
Limbo may be one of Rush's weakest instrumentals, but that isn't really saying much considering how great their instrumental pieces are. Geddy shows a lot of personality through his bass playing and Lifeson's guitar work is excellent.

Grade: Good

11. Carve Away the Stone
Carve Away the Stone has some nice vocal melodies and I love the song's message. My main problem is the song's somewhat anti-climatic approach. I do love the guitar solo though.

Grade: Average

Test for Echo is an odd release that has some good moments, but is lacking in many ways. Rush plays well musically, but the lyrical content of this album is inconsistent. I do like Alex Lifeson's terrific guitar work and Neil Peart's great drumming. Geddy's vocal performance is not up to his normal level, but it's very good on some tracks. Test for Echo may have great moments, but it is definitely the least enjoyable of all the Rush albums for me though.

Rating: 4.5/10
I love, love love Dog Years so i choose to think that your review of the song is awful! :)  I also love Totem and Virtuality.
Also, where would you rank Test for Echo?
The song is great.  The album is around 15 for me.

Thanks for your input, the album has definitely grown on me a little bit, but it's still by far their weakest in my opinion.

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Posted 15 August 2017 - 05:29 PM

We are now at number 15. Here is the album that began Rush's return to a hard rock sound.

Each track will be rated as follows: Awful, Very Poor, Poor, Below Average, Average, Above Average, Good, Great, Superb
Each album will be rated on a scale of 1 to 10.

15. Presto
Year: 1989
Track Listing:

1. Show Don't Tell
Show Don't tell demonstrates a return to a more guitar oriented sound. I enjoy Lifeson's playing and I also love the drumming.

Grade: Great

2. Chain Lightning
Chain Lightning is a great song with catchy guitar riffs and vocals. The chorus is beautiful and catchy. The guitar solo is great as well.

Grade: Great

3. The Pass
The Pass is the most beautifully written song from the album. It carries tons of atmosphere and emotion that make it an awesome listen.

Grade: Superb

4. War Paint  
I can't say I am a huge fan of this song. Its overall sound is lacking in power and emotion. Its chorus is solid though.

Grade: Average

5. Scars
This song will get anybody's head bobbing with that great rhythmic bass line it has. This song has energy that will make anyone start moving.

Grade: Good

6. Presto
Presto is a song that I have never been able to really get into. It's fine, but it seems to drag. The guitar solo is a plus though.

Grade: Average

7. Superconductor
This is one of the catchiest songs from the album. It has good vocals and catchy riffs. There isn't anything that special about it, but it's a solid track.

Grade: Above Average

8. Anagram (For Mongo)
This is an odd tune. It's catchy and has a fun chorus as well as some heavy guitar riffs. Overall it's an okay track.

Grade: Average

9. Red Tide
Red Tide has a perfect blend of piano, synths, and guitar. The chorus is one of Rush's most anthemic. The guitar solo is short and sweet.

Grade: Great

10. Hand Over Fist
This is probably the weakest track on the album. It has a great guitar solo, but the rest of the song is pretty repetitive.

Grade: Average

11. Available Light
This is a beautiful closer to the album. It has that magical feel to it. The chorus is strong and the guitar solo is fantastic.

Grade: Good

Rush's return to their hard rock sound does not blow me away. It has some great songs, but a lot of the material on here is bland and average. The production value has a crisp and clear sound to it, but lacks the powerful sound of other Rush albums. Still, this is a solid release.

Rating: 7/10

Edited by houseofclouse, 15 August 2017 - 07:06 PM.


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Posted 15 August 2017 - 07:20 PM

Presto has about four songs I could place in my top ten all time favourite Rush tunes:

1. Chain Lightning
2. The Pass
3. Presto
4. Red Tide
5. Available Light

OKAY THAT IS FIVE

And Show Don't Tell is close!

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Posted 15 August 2017 - 07:21 PM

Presto is one of the best pop rock albums ever released.

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Presto is one of the best pop rock albums ever released.
It's a good album, but I like Rush albums from their progressive and synth periods better

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Posted 15 August 2017 - 07:35 PM

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View PostSegue Myles, on 15 August 2017 - 07:21 PM, said:

Presto is one of the best pop rock albums ever released.
It's a good album, but I like Rush albums from their progressive and synth periods better

Presto is top 6 for me

1. AFTK
2. MP
3. HYF
4. VT
5. GUP
6. Presto

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Posted 15 August 2017 - 07:37 PM

View PostSegue Myles, on 15 August 2017 - 07:35 PM, said:

View Posthouseofclouse, on 15 August 2017 - 07:32 PM, said:

View PostSegue Myles, on 15 August 2017 - 07:21 PM, said:

Presto is one of the best pop rock albums ever released.
It's a good album, but I like Rush albums from their progressive and synth periods better

Presto is top 6 for me

1. AFTK
2. MP
3. HYF
4. VT
5. GUP
6. Presto

I like that GUP made your list, it's always severely underrated

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Posted 16 August 2017 - 09:40 AM

We are now at number 14. Here is the worst of their four synth heavy releases

Each track will be rated as follows: Awful, Very Poor, Poor, Below Average, Average, Above Average, Good, Great, Superb
Each album will be rated on a scale of 1 to 10.

14. Hold Your Fire
Year: 1987
Track Listing:

1. Force Ten
Force Ten is an awesome opening track. The synths are amazing and all of the instruments really come together to make a great sound.

Grade: Superb

2. Time Stand Still
This is a beautiful song with great lyricism and a nice addition of a female vocalist. All the instruments are used to perfection for this type of song.

Grade: Great

3. Open Secrets
The opening riff in this song is awesome, and it is repeated several times throughout. Lifeson's guitar work is great and the lyrics again are top notch.

Grade: Great

4. Second Nature
I can't get into this track. It's slow and boring. It really drags and I can't wait to skip to the next song.

Grade: Poor

5. Prime Mover
I really like the synth and bass in this song. Lifeson's riffs are actually heavy at times. It's a cheesy song, but it's definitely grown on me.

Grade: Above Average

6. Lock and Key
Now comes perhaps the best song on the entire album. The drumming is great. The combination of guitar and synth is perfectly balanced as well. I love the vocals and the outstanding chorus. Lifeson shines with a terrific guitar solo.

Grade: Superb

7. Mission
Mission is a track that has really grown on me over the years. It really is such a well written song. The instrumental section in the track is terrific. That emotional guitar solo is a perfect ending to the song.

Grade: Great

8. Turn the Page
I love Geddy's vocals and bass playing. The chorus is one of the catchiest from the entire album. The synth work is outstanding as well. Lifeson's solo may be his best from this album.

Grade: Great

9. Tai Shan
Tai Shan makes me really wonder what made Rush think this was a good idea. It's boring and anti-climatic. It is definitely the worst song from the album.

Grade: Awful

10. High Water
High Water is musically impressive, but it really does not flow well at all.  Some of the guitar riffs are great though. The guitar solo is a nice addition as well.

Grade: Average

This would be the last of the synth-heavy Rush albums. It really could have been a fantastic album if two tracks were removed. With that being said there are 6 or 7 tracks I enjoy, but the others bring the album down. This record is inconsistent, but I still really enjoy it's production value and its musical direction. The synth sounds are great and Lifeson's guitar solos are memorable.

Rating: 7.5/10

Edited by houseofclouse, 16 August 2017 - 10:22 AM.


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Posted 16 August 2017 - 09:56 AM

I think HYF is still my favourite Rush album. Yesterday I cautiously ranked it lower but today...I can honestly say it still blows my mind.

I really love every second of this album!!! And Power Windows too. I rank both above Presto. Honestly!

Grace Under Pressure, Power Windows and Hold Your Fire...my favourite era for this band!





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