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#1 snowdogged

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Posted 12 June 2018 - 10:02 PM

I think that My Favorite Headache is a better album but my favorite song from the two albums is Promise from Victor.

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Posted 12 June 2018 - 10:22 PM

Definitely My Favorite Headache.

I do think both albums represent what Alex and Geddy bring to Rush. Geddy is more of a craftsman and Alex is more spontaneous and experimental.

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Posted 13 June 2018 - 03:08 AM

Headache.. More complete songs, some have great melodys, and better crafted.

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Posted 13 June 2018 - 04:37 AM

My Favorite Headache - Home On The Strange
Victor - Shut Up Shuttin' Up

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Posted 13 June 2018 - 07:29 AM

Start Today from Victor....should have been a Rush tune...

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Posted 13 June 2018 - 10:18 AM

My Favorite Headache has "Grace To Grace" , while Victor has "Start Today".

My Favorite Headache has the best songs overall imo.

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Posted 13 June 2018 - 10:22 AM

Grace to Grace is the crown jewel.  I like MFH by a large margin over Victor.

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Posted 13 June 2018 - 11:20 AM

MFH is excellent, and stands up very well with the Rush catalog.

Victor meanders between clever, boring, bad, and fun.

At that time Alex was still coming out of a few years of feeling his playing was taking a back seat. Sure that had been rectified, but it was clear he wanted to do everything, so he did. The album needed the voice of a band that wasn't there just to support him.

Geddy stayed safe, but his safe is a good spot since that zone is already a great place.

Victor did prove that Alex can do a lot more, but it also showed that he needs a band with a say in things to tighten it up.

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Posted 13 June 2018 - 12:11 PM

Victor, and Promise for me.

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Posted 13 June 2018 - 07:05 PM

Honestly I like every single song on My Favourite Headache better than any song on Victor, but I am not one for instrumentals and I Mother Earth never did anything for me, in large part due to the vocals. Also, My Favourite Headache is in my Top 3 RUSH related albums of all time (that includes actual RUSH albums).

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Posted 13 June 2018 - 07:22 PM

No idea. Apples and Oranges.

They are very different albums but I love them both.  I listen to My Favorite Headache more, but I might enjoy Victor more (Though I don't really like Edwin much) when I listen to it. I really like the differences.

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Posted 14 June 2018 - 09:29 AM

My favorite track from Victor is Mr. X, but all in all, I'm not a huge fan of the album.

My Favorite Headache, on the other hand, gets spun pretty regularly. Grace to Grace is probably the best from a great lineup of tracks.

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Posted 14 June 2018 - 11:11 AM

Yeah there's probably more Rush in Alex's solo effort, mainly as he the driving sound of the band, some nice interesting work at times that could've gone straight onto a Rush album but..

Any one of the tracks on MFH could fit the bill of being the best, the whole album's that good, one of most beautifully composed & performed ever laid down in my view.

Alex the driving sound of Rush but Ged easily the song-arranging driving force

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Posted 14 June 2018 - 11:45 AM

View PostMosher, on 13 June 2018 - 11:20 AM, said:

MFH is excellent, and stands up very well with the Rush catalog.

Victor meanders between clever, boring, bad, and fun.

At that time Alex was still coming out of a few years of feeling his playing was taking a back seat. Sure that had been rectified, but it was clear he wanted to do everything, so he did. The album needed the voice of a band that wasn't there just to support him.

Geddy stayed safe, but his safe is a good spot since that zone is already a great place.

Victor did prove that Alex can do a lot more, but it also showed that he needs a band with a say in things to tighten it up.

I never actually answered the question. I don't have a clear favorite, but there are several songs on MFH that I like better than anything on Victor, but I do like the instrumentals on Victor a lot. I used to really like Promise, but to me it hasn't stood up as well.

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Posted 14 June 2018 - 01:55 PM

I enjoy MFH a lot more. And Alex was my biggest influence on guitar. But the song writing on MFH is simply a lot better. Also the production value is better.

Victor has some great moments, some solid tunes and a few absolute stinkers. Just an uneven effort. Where as MFH is very consistent and has some simply fantastic songs.

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Posted Yesterday, 10:40 AM

View Postlifeson90, on 14 June 2018 - 11:11 AM, said:

Yeah there's probably more Rush in Alex's solo effort, mainly as he the driving sound of the band, some nice interesting work at times that could've gone straight onto a Rush album but..

Any one of the tracks on MFH could fit the bill of being the best, the whole album's that good, one of most beautifully composed & performed ever laid down in my view.

Alex the driving sound of Rush but Ged easily the song-arranging driving force

Both albums provide some more insight to what Geddy and Alex brought to the band.

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Posted Yesterday, 10:57 AM

View PostPlanet X-1, on 13 June 2018 - 07:29 AM, said:

Start Today from Victor....should have been a Rush tune...

Grace To Grace on MFH should have been too.

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Posted Today, 11:18 AM

If we’re talking albums, I have to choose MFH...it is consistently safe and good.

Victor takes more chances and has more peaks and valleys.  I think I’ll go with Strip and Go Naked as my favorite off of both, but Grace to Grace is amazing.

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Posted Today, 11:58 AM

Victor destroys MFH, which is bland, safe and boring.

True, it has parts that don't really work, but it's clear that Lerxt is the one who has more fire in his belly and is willing to take a risk.

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Posted Today, 01:26 PM

View PostFridge, on 24 June 2018 - 11:58 AM, said:

Victor destroys MFH, which is bland, safe and boring.

True, it has parts that don't really work, but it's clear that Lerxt is the one who has more fire in his belly and is willing to take a risk.
He needed some better tunes and less messing around with WH Auden poems, his wife's babbliing and Geddy Lee impersonators. He needed more METAL too!




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