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Revisiting Every Rush Album In Order: Grace Under Pressure (1984)

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Posted 03 December 2018 - 03:51 PM

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After the mediocre, but not without merit, Signals, I come now to one of my all time favourite albums: 1984's cold, serious (but not too serious) and surprisingly bleak Grace Under Pressure.

Arguably my favourite artwork, favourite songs, favourite lyrics and favourite melodies of the entire synth era.

Here we go!
Personally, I rate Signals and p/g about the same. I think they both have strong lineups (certainly not as strong as any of the band's previous offerings). I also agree with one of the previous posters that the band's downhill slide began at about this point in their career.

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Posted 03 December 2018 - 04:08 PM

For me, this album is akin to a girl you're deeply in love with saying something startlingly nasty to you during a fight.  You move on to some degree, but that sting stays with you, and shows you a side of her you can't quite completely forget.  I forgave her, and we even seemed to have the same relationship we did before.  She is after all the same girl I talked about constantly.

A year later she did it again, only what she said was slightly more nasty.  Our relationship didn't really recover from that.  The next time I saw her she REALLY teed off on me, but by then my feelings had changed.  After that, I would bump into her and be polite, but we were more like casual acquaintances as that point.  It wasn't until many, many years later that she and I could kind of laugh about it and enjoy hanging out again.

I give this one a 6 or 7 out of 10.

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Posted 03 December 2018 - 04:17 PM

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For me, this album is akin to a girl you're deeply in love with saying something startlingly nasty to you during a fight.  You move on to some degree, but that sting stays with you, and shows you a side of her you can't quite completely forget.  I forgave her, and we even seemed to have the same relationship we did before.  She is after all the same girl I talked about constantly.

A year later she did it again, only what she said was slightly more nasty.  Our relationship didn't really recover from that.  The next time I saw her she REALLY teed off on me, but by then my feelings had changed.  After that, I would bump into her and be polite, but we were more like casual acquaintances as that point.  It wasn't until many, many years later that she and I could kind of laugh about it and enjoy hanging out again.

I give this one a 6 or 7 out of 10.
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Posted 04 December 2018 - 10:19 PM

View PostSegue Myles, on 02 December 2018 - 01:31 PM, said:

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After the mediocre, but not without merit, Signals, I come now to one of my all time favourite albums: 1984's cold, serious (but not too serious) and surprisingly bleak Grace Under Pressure.

Arguably my favourite artwork, favourite songs, favourite lyrics and favourite melodies of the entire synth era.

Here we go!

GuP has always been meh to me... The production is so flat and impersonal. The songs are so much better live. But I will agree that the cover art is great.

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Posted 04 December 2018 - 10:20 PM

View PostSegue Myles, on 02 December 2018 - 01:37 PM, said:

2. Afterimage

This sounds to me like the full realisation of everything they attempted on Signals. Mood, music, mixing and feel. There is a cold, bittersweet sense of sadness and longing. I love the solo from Lifeson and I just can't sing my praises for this song high enough. To my ears their is a perfect balance between the bands rock elements and the synths. It is almost overwhelming, but Rush balance everything perfectly.

Amazing, AMAZING song.

10/10

That middle bit is the best part of the song.

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Posted 04 December 2018 - 10:22 PM

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4. The Enemy Within

Part one of "Fear" sounds almost perversely buoyant. It is once again comparable to some of the lesser songs on Signals, but their is a strong sense of confidence and ambition here. Everything I disliked about the previous album is to a point evident here, but this go around the band nail the formula. Reggae beats, ultra catchy chorus, sinister synths, crystalline production, four songs in and I have nothing to say that is negative.

The Enemy Within is almost the twin of The Weapon. I just love it. But it is a minor step down from the absolute gold of the previous three songs.

Fantastic lyrics again, as always:

To you — is it movement or is it action?
It is contact or just reaction?
And you — revolution or just resistance?
Is it living, or just existence?
Yeah, you — it takes a little more persistence
To get up and go the distance…

9/10

Best track on the record.

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Posted 05 December 2018 - 12:17 PM

DEW 9.5
Afterimage 9
Red Sector A 9.25
Enemy Within 9.75
Body Electric 9
Kid Gloves 9.75
Red Lenses 9
Between the Wheels 9.75

75 - total

9.375 - average

GUP is sort of an oxymoron for me.  While ranking albums it is around number 9, but as far as actual enjoyment I get when listening to the album, it's near the bottom of all Rush albums.  That is no doubt because none of my favorites on the album are amongst my all time Rush favorites.

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Posted 05 December 2018 - 12:20 PM

View PostDigital Dad, on 02 December 2018 - 07:32 PM, said:

I love half of this album, DEW, Afterimage, Enemy and Wheels. RSA is ok. The rest sucks balls.
Kid Gloves is a great tune.. with a killer Alex solo.

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Posted 05 December 2018 - 12:21 PM

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View PostSegue Myles, on 02 December 2018 - 01:31 PM, said:

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After the mediocre, but not without merit, Signals, I come now to one of my all time favourite albums: 1984's cold, serious (but not too serious) and surprisingly bleak Grace Under Pressure.

Arguably my favourite artwork, favourite songs, favourite lyrics and favourite melodies of the entire synth era.

Here we go!
Personally, I rate Signals and p/g about the same. I think they both have strong lineups (certainly not as strong as any of the band's previous offerings). I also agree with one of the previous posters that the band's downhill slide began at about this point in their career.
Just curious why it's a downhill slide after this album?  Because they went away from progressive-style rock?

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 05:15 PM

Distant Early Warning, Red Sector A, The Body Electric and Kid Gloves are standouts. Otherwise, I am not enamored with the album~

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 05:34 PM

View PostMithrandir, on 05 December 2018 - 12:21 PM, said:

View Posttks95747, on 03 December 2018 - 03:51 PM, said:

View PostSegue Myles, on 02 December 2018 - 01:31 PM, said:

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After the mediocre, but not without merit, Signals, I come now to one of my all time favourite albums: 1984's cold, serious (but not too serious) and surprisingly bleak Grace Under Pressure.

Arguably my favourite artwork, favourite songs, favourite lyrics and favourite melodies of the entire synth era.

Here we go!
Personally, I rate Signals and p/g about the same. I think they both have strong lineups (certainly not as strong as any of the band's previous offerings). I also agree with one of the previous posters that the band's downhill slide began at about this point in their career.
Just curious why it's a downhill slide after this album?  Because they went away from progressive-style rock?
Being a guitar player, and having fallen hard for Alex's highly aggressive axe work on everything from their debut through PW, I found it difficult to swallow the slow slide towards the minor-league slot Alex was relegated to beginning right around this period in their musical development. In fact, I would argue that this slide began, almost imperceptibly, with MP...

Although I was still a big fan of their music between MP and RTB, I wasn't really relating to the music so much until CP was released. Now there was some raunchy guitar work~ Right out front, in-your-face and demanding your attention.. Alex's bright and glassy guitar work that permeated their music in the middle section of their career was good, just not compelling...

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 05:50 PM

View PostMithrandir, on 05 December 2018 - 12:17 PM, said:

DEW 9.5
Afterimage 9
Red Sector A 9.25
Enemy Within 9.75
Body Electric 9
Kid Gloves 9.75
Red Lenses 9
Between the Wheels 9.75

75 - total

9.375 - average

GUP is sort of an oxymoron for me.  While ranking albums it is around number 9, but as far as actual enjoyment I get when listening to the album, it's near the bottom of all Rush albums.  That is no doubt because none of my favorites on the album are amongst my all time Rush favorites.
Afterimage is by far the best song IMO. On first listen when it came out thought we were in for some Freewill type guitar solo in the middle but it never happened, felt let down. A lot of the songs come across as clunky, sort of angular mashups as though one of them created the verse, the other created the chorus then they were sought of glued together badly. Presto was worse for this as well. I was happier with Power Windows.





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