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The Middle 3 Albums: Signals vs Grace Under Pressure vs Power Windows


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Poll: Sigs vs GUP vs PoW (36 member(s) have cast votes)

Which is your favorite of these middle three?

  1. Signals (17 votes [47.22%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 47.22%

  2. Grace Under Pressure (12 votes [33.33%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 33.33%

  3. Power Windows (7 votes [19.44%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 19.44%

Favorite track?

  1. Subdivisions (13 votes [36.11%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 36.11%

  2. Analog Kid (5 votes [13.89%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 13.89%

  3. Chemistry (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  4. Digital Man (2 votes [5.56%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 5.56%

  5. The Weapon (1 votes [2.78%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 2.78%

  6. New World Man (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  7. Losing It (1 votes [2.78%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 2.78%

  8. Countdown (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  9. Distant Early Warning (1 votes [2.78%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 2.78%

  10. Afterimage (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  11. Red Sector A (1 votes [2.78%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 2.78%

  12. The Enemy Within (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  13. The Body Electric (1 votes [2.78%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 2.78%

  14. Kid Gloves (1 votes [2.78%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 2.78%

  15. Red Lenses (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  16. Between the Wheels (3 votes [8.33%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 8.33%

  17. The Big Money (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  18. Grand Designs (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  19. Manhattan Project (1 votes [2.78%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 2.78%

  20. Marathon (4 votes [11.11%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 11.11%

  21. Territories (1 votes [2.78%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 2.78%

  22. Middletown Dreams (1 votes [2.78%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 2.78%

  23. Emotion Detector (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  24. Mystic Rhythms (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

Which ones would you give a grade of “A-“ or higher?

  1. Signals (23 votes [34.33%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 34.33%

  2. Grace Under Pressure (17 votes [25.37%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 25.37%

  3. Power Windows (20 votes [29.85%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 29.85%

  4. (None) (7 votes [10.45%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 10.45%

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#1 JohnnyBlaze

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 09:08 AM

Not exactly the middle of their careers but these are the middle three studio releases.

What are your thoughts on these albums and songs?

How do they stack up against the rest of Rush’s catalog?

Edited by JohnnyBlaze, 12 February 2018 - 05:58 PM.


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 10:51 AM

Don’t dig ‘em. Not a fan of those trendy synths.
Grace is probably the best sounding of the three, as I find Signals production to be half-baked and PoW’s to be overdone.
Bring back the rock! Where’s the damn rock? :P


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 10:54 AM

Great thread Johnny!

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 10:59 AM

Grace Under Pressure is perhaps my favorite Rush album. It will always remind me of the time that I heard it, then bought it. It was released in April of 84, before I was a Rush fan. I bought it in February of 85, after a huge snow storm, and listened to it to exhaustion.

For me, it completely reflects the mood of the time, at the time. It was a Cold War album, and it reflected that time to perfection.

Edited by Maverick, 12 February 2018 - 08:02 PM.


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 11:24 AM

I’m not a huge fan of Grace. The high points are very high and low points very low. The others are uniformly strong imo.

1. Signals

2. Subdivisions

3. Signals and PoW

Edited by Digital Dad, 12 February 2018 - 11:25 AM.


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 11:58 AM

Never heard Between the Lenses :huh:

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 12:43 PM

Signals
Power Windows

Grace Under Pressure


Favorite track is probably Analog Kid, but I could be talked into Subdivisions or Marathon. PoW is nearly perfect, but Signals is just that much closer.

Grace is lackluster production wise, and the songs aren't all great.

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 01:23 PM

Signals is my top 3 albums Rush.

1. Signals

2. P/G

3. Power Windows

Signals and P/G is A for me, PW has Grand Designs which is easily the worst Rush song.

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 02:27 PM

 Your_Lion, on 12 February 2018 - 11:58 AM, said:

Never heard Between the Lenses :huh:

Its from the unreleased Centrifugal sessions.

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 02:27 PM

 Bigbobby10, on 12 February 2018 - 01:23 PM, said:

Signals is my top 3 albums Rush.

1. Signals

2. P/G

3. Power Windows

Signals and P/G is A for me, PW has Grand Designs which is easily the worst Rush song.


Wait whaaaa????



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Posted 12 February 2018 - 02:32 PM

Signals is a 10.

Grace is a 7.5

Power is a 4 ish with only 2-3 songs I'm really high on.

Subdivisions is my favorite.

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 02:34 PM

 Your_Lion, on 12 February 2018 - 11:58 AM, said:

Never heard Between the Lenses :huh:
Sounds like a cheesy bootleg title.

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 03:45 PM

Power Windows
Subdivisions
All three get an A

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 04:10 PM

 Digital Dad, on 12 February 2018 - 02:27 PM, said:

 Bigbobby10, on 12 February 2018 - 01:23 PM, said:

Signals is my top 3 albums Rush.

1. Signals

2. P/G

3. Power Windows

Signals and P/G is A for me, PW has Grand Designs which is easily the worst Rush song.


Wait whaaaa????

Maybe I exaggerated on the last part, but it is up there for my least favorite Rush song.

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 05:58 PM

 Your_Lion, on 12 February 2018 - 11:58 AM, said:

Never heard Between the Lenses :huh:

Me neither

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 06:01 PM

 rocket ignites, on 12 February 2018 - 02:34 PM, said:

 Your_Lion, on 12 February 2018 - 11:58 AM, said:

Never heard Between the Lenses :huh:
Sounds like a cheesy bootleg title.

“Kid Money” sounds like a cheesy rapper who claims he grew up in the hood when he actually grew up in an affluent suburb.

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 07:03 PM

 JohnnyBlaze, on 12 February 2018 - 06:01 PM, said:

 rocket ignites, on 12 February 2018 - 02:34 PM, said:

 Your_Lion, on 12 February 2018 - 11:58 AM, said:

Never heard Between the Lenses :huh:
Sounds like a cheesy bootleg title.

“Kid Money” sounds like a cheesy rapper who claims he grew up in the hood when he actually grew up in an affluent suburb.
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Posted 12 February 2018 - 07:08 PM

Signals and PoW are about equal, but I went with Signals.

Grace has really poor song dynamics...every song sounds the same. ok execution, but just creatively lazy.

Analog Kid is the best track of the 3. I don't care that Terry Brown hated it and it caused him to quit.

I give Signals and PoW a B+...just short of A-. Grace is a B-

Edited by HemiBeers, 12 February 2018 - 07:09 PM.


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 08:35 PM

 Digital Dad, on 12 February 2018 - 11:24 AM, said:

I’m not a huge fan of Grace. The high points are very high and low points very low. The others are uniformly strong imo.

1. Signals

2. Subdivisions

3. Signals and PoW

this.

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 09:27 PM

For me, Signals definitely wins this.

Analog Kid barely beats Subdivisions.

Signals gets an “A” and Grace and Power both squeak out an “A-“




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