JohnnyBlaze Posted July 31, 2019 Share Posted July 31, 2019 Presto has some really good songs on it. No Rush album is a complete failure. Agree. But I would add - No Rush album is a complete success, either. Some are 90% of the way there (MP, PW, Hemispheres maybe). Rush have never been about perfection, they work hard and write good stuff but they don't mind taking risks either which is why I've enjoyed and respected them. So when I weigh the value of an album, I simply take a percent of the total tracks I truly enjoy as my 'grade'. There's actually no album from them that I like every single song. Generally, I don't know of many albums by any artist where I can say I truly enjoy the entire thing. Perhaps this would be a good topic for Music of the Spheres. I disagree about “Rush have never been about perfection”. They had always been about perfection.Perfection is the reason they were so anal about making the concerts sound as close to the albums as possible.It’s the reason they had rehearsals BEFORE the rehearsals for tours. That’s been well documented.It’s the reason they worked liked slaves on Hemispheres.It’s also a big reason why they’re not making music anymore - Peart knew he couldn’t play as perfectly (or near perfect) as in times past. There’s some quote of his in which he states this exact thing. [edited to add: OR maybe Geddy said that about Neil. Now I can’t remember who said it but Neil or Geddy did.] Of course, perfect is in the ear of the beholder but there’s no doubt that Rush were always TRYING to reach perfection. They took waaay too many risks as musicians to say they were trying to be perfect. They've said themselves that they work very hard but have often written songs at the edge of their ability. Someone trying to be 'perfect' would play it much safer. Pushing the envelop is always about making mistakes. IMO the mistakes in Rush's music isn't in their playing, it's usually in their composition and lyric choices. The phases the band have gone through alienated fans. In the eyes of the fans it alienated, they were far from perfect. What level of 'perfection' are we imposing on them? Is it purely technical? Are not the writing decisions behind the music part of the measure they should meet? Not flubbing notes is far from being a complete and accurate measure. Trying something different doesn’t mean you still wouldn’t try to reach perfection. Geddy himself has said they’re “hyperactive”. He continued to say that they were never satisfied with what they did soooo they tried new things on the albums that followed. Even the mistakes you’re talking about aren’t actual mistakes imho. Peart writing a lyric that I don’t enjoy isn’t a mistake on his part. It’s a lack of preference on mine. Same thing for when Lee & Lifeson wrote some composition I wasn’t excited about. Nothing else to add other than your definitions of “perfection” and “mistake” seem different than mine. And that’s fine. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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