1. Permanent Waves
Flawless. There isn't one miss on this entire record. Everything just works. The greatest among several of RUSH's masterpieces IMO.
The apex of RUSH's progressive period. Probably the greatest showcase of their musicianship. Truly a beautiful album.
Everything works seamlessly like a well-oiled machine. It's cold, mechanical, beautiful. A bold record that ushered in the synth era. It took courage to put this record out.
4. Grace Under Pressure
Dark, synthy, and some of the best songwriting in RUSH's career. Lerxst is still in the forefront with the rest of the boys so Signals and GUP are definitely the best of the synth era.
5. Moving Pictures
Yes, it's excellent but not their best work. All the radioplay from this album knocks it down a bit. Don't get me wrong. It's VERY, VERY good but not their opus in my opinion.
6. Clockwork Angels
Powerful. Heavy. Beautiful. The last of RUSH's masterpieces. Probably the last great album they'll put out. If you ask me, "The Garden" should be RUSH's swan song.
7. A Farewell To Kings
Xanadu is one of my favorite songs of all time, does the rest of the album hold up though? Not quite so much. I consider this a "warm-up" album for Hemispheres. Still excellent though.
8. Power Windows
Icy cold. Colder than Signals. This is where RUSH's synthyness peaked. While not as solid as Signals and GUP it's a damned fine effort.
A tad overrated. Solid album but the disconnect between the title track and the rest of the songs (Which come off as mostly filler to me...) slightly bothers me.
10. Caress Of Steel
This little gem garners too much hate. Yes, "I Think I'm Going Bald" is a laughable dud but this album sealed the boys as the proggy pioneers of their time, even if their label hated it.
11. Hold Your Fire
A mixed bag, really. It always bothered me how the two weakest songs are the ones that close the album. Not spectacular but not bad in any sense.
12. Fly By Night
RUSH was still molding themselves into fantastic musicians at this point and it shows. The start of their proggyness is in full display here, but it's blended with Zeppelin-esque leftovers from their first album. A good effort but not their best.
PHENOMENAL production...but that's really it. "Animate" and "Leave That Thing Alone" are quite good but nothing else stands out on this record. It's a shame too because it probably has the best production since their late 70s albums. Can't have it all, eh?
14. Snakes & Arrows
Not too fond of the lyrical content of this record, and I'm an atheist. Also, it's a bit too folky for my taste. I don't really think acoustic when I think of Rush. A bit of a misstep on the boys' part. Far Cry and MalNar are awesome though.
15. Vapor Trails
Awful production. But if you listen to it remixed it's quite adequate. Still not fond of the Geddy choruses and lack of Alex solos though. What I like about VT is the rejuvenated attitude from the boy. They came back to take the world with vengeance and it shows. One Little Victory has BALLS.
Paper-thin production and weak, uninspired songwriting (Presto and Available Light are exceptions) does not make for a strong record. This feels like some sort of weird mutation between synth and heavy rock. It doesn't flow as well in that respect.
17. Roll The Bones
Well Dreamline is good. Yeah...
More or less a facsimile of Zeppelin. A bit juvenile, but it's excusable. They were just forming the shell of their musical identity.
19. Test For Echo
Abysmal. Only the title track, Driven, Totem, and Limbo are listenable. I really want to know why they thought they could put this record out? It's painfully sloppy.
Edited by Alchemical, 31 August 2012 - 11:23 PM.