Rush
Rush


3.5
great

Review

by sonictheplumber STAFF USER (107 Reviews)
September 12th, 2010 | 18 replies


Release Date: 1974 | Tracklist


Rush has been a name synonymous with several things. Among those things are silliness, high-pitched vocals, complex instrumentals and musicianship, out-of-this-world lyrics, and most of all, progressive rock. But what a lot of people don't know is that before Rush had Neil Peart or prog-ness, they were just another blues rock band that would've been forgotten...

Enter Rush's self-titled debut. With lyrics about rockin', ***in', and workin', the band's first effort could've easily been released by any other band at the time that was trying to recreate what bands like Led Zeppelin and The Who were already doing, but of all the British-rock copycats, Rush's earliest album is certainly among the best and most memorable.

But the thing is, the whole thing isn't really that memorable at all. Songs like "Finding My Way" are very good rock n' roll tunes, and throughout the whole thing, there's not a bad song; it's all solid rock music doing its best to be like Cream. But the songs tend to run together and begin to sound the same and dated (even for its time) very quickly.

Despite this, from their debut, we can tell that the band certainly has potential. After all, Led Zeppelin and Cream's debuts were basically rip-off albums as well, classics they may be, and look at the lofty heights those bands achieved. Rush was very much the same. Much like comparing Physical Graffiti to Led Zeppelin I, comparing later Rush releases like Grace Under Pressure and Hemispheres[/i] to the three-piece's debut is like comparing apples to tacos. But even at this point, the band displays far more talent than a band like Bad Company or Foreigner, with soaringly high-pitched vocals which sound like Robert Plant's finest orgasms, and mesmerizingly good musicianship, with Geddy Lee's bass providing a solid foundation for the music, and Alex Lifeson sounding like a Canadian Tony Iommi on most of the tracks, and the late and underrated John Rutsey playing drums far more adequately than many other drummers at the time. His beats are simple but they compliment the laid-back style of the music, but the man is still no Peart.

The most famous song is the album's closer, "Working Man", which is one of the band's most famous songs, and is also one of the band's very best. Running seven minutes in length, it could easily be mistaken for a Sabbath leftover where Ozzy inhaled an assload of helium, and while that analogy might be poor, the song delivers a ***ing punch. It's a gritty, dirty song which truly does make me want to, well, WORK. Perfect song for offices or construction yards. Plus, the guitar solo shows that Lee and Lifeson are, even at this point in their career, among the best musicians out there.

Rush's debut is definitely a fun rock album, but nothing more. The whole album is consistently good, and if you aren't into Rush's synthy or proggy stuff, chances are you'd like this record best. But for fans like me, the Canadian kings have so much more to offer, but overall, this record's pretty adequate, and it beats most of the other generic rock of the time.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Ire
September 12th 2010


41828 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Pretty underrated album. This is in their top 10

YES RUSH HAVE MORE THAN TEN AWESOME ALBUMS

AnotherBrick
September 12th 2010


9772 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

great album

Ire
September 12th 2010


41828 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Whoa, just realized how consistent Rush is. They only have like 4 weak albums.

AnotherBrick
September 12th 2010


9772 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

which ones? Caress of Steal is probably the only one I'm not a big fan of

Ire
September 12th 2010


41828 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Caress, Power Windows, Presto and HYF are the weaker ones.

Test for Echo is a bit weak but it has some gems.

AnotherBrick
September 12th 2010


9772 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

noooooooooooooo

Hold your Fire and Test for Echo are in my top 5 easily. Along with Vapor Trails

Ire
September 12th 2010


41828 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

top 5 really? so much better stuff than that

LepreCon
September 12th 2010


4156 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album never really did much for me, even before I listened to what came after it

LepreCon
September 12th 2010


4156 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

[EDIT: F*CK I haven't double-posted in a while]

Nagrarok
September 12th 2010


8316 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Agreed with everything you wrote here.

KILL
September 19th 2010


72280 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

hell yea rockin to this right now great review, finding my way and take a friend hell yea, and ofc working man is a classic

Digging: Throwing Muses - Throwing Muses

KILL
October 23rd 2010


72280 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

hey baby its a quarter to eight, i feel i'm in the mooood

KILL
October 23rd 2010


72280 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

hey baby the hour is late, i feel i've got to mooove

*rock riffs*

KILL
October 23rd 2010


72280 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

geddy was so awesome he just demanded it when he wanted it and i guess it happened to be quarter to eight at the time

KILL
January 2nd 2011


72280 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAW1up4uj7Q

for true rush fans only

linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
February 6th 2012


1922 Comments


It's a good album considering its only the debut of one of the most forward-thinking bands of all time. It does seem simple in comparison with their latter records, but who cares when the music found here is as good as it is?

Digging: Execration (NOR) - Morbid Dimensions

dannyboy89
February 17th 2012


13065 Comments


Presto is great IMO, I guess we all have different tastes.

KILL
March 5th 2012


72280 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

agreed



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