Rush
Signals


3.0
good

Review

by Killerhit USER (39 Reviews)
June 6th, 2012 | 28 replies | 2,236 views


Release Date: 1982 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Be cool, or be cast out, son.

1 of 4 thought this review was well written

Come the 1980's, Rush had been picking up quite a lot of steam ever since respective albums Permanent Waves and the even bigger Moving Pictures; two albums that escalated Rush from the limelight into superstardom. And it was plain to see why. Rush had never had any particular adherence to a genre; each album was simply something different. The Canadian trio had been able to brilliantly incorporate elements of different genres into their own style of progressive rock. Despite this, the 1980's would eventually become one of their most productive decades. Did Rush still have the flair and the genuine ability to release a good, if not better, album? Signals came in 1982, and the answer is both a meek yes and a heavy no.

Signals does continue down the road Rush had laid a while ago. Except this time, Rush completely changed their style. The Canadian trio had decided to dip a little in a different pool; they wanted to put their hand in an area they honestly didn't know. Geddy Lee and his two good 'aul Canadian friends had tried keyboards before; but those moments, in previous albums, were a rarity. Now, in Signals, Rush still used their old style of progressive rock - blending time signatures, intricate guitar, thumping bass, and heavy drums - and fused in synthesizers. It was a new approach for the three, but it didn't entirely mean it would be a failure. So, the three had written most parts of Signals based on observations about the world around them; for example, the band checking out a Space Shuttle launch in Orlando. So after plenty of rough drafts and hurt fingers, presto, Signals.

To put it simply, Signals is an average record at best. Rush was and is truly one of the most pleasing rock acts, and due to their impressive catalog, it's safe to say fans always knew they'd enjoy the experience. So after an endless string of impressive, fresh, well-sounding albums... Signals is a bit of letdown. While it isn't bad, per se, and is impressive in scope, considering this is experimental... there's no substance. The appeal is there, but it wears and folds like a cheap suit.

It wouldn't be fair to land criticism entirely on the band's approach to synthesizers, however. The instrumentation in itself is still as rigid and expertly composed as ever; Rush does their usual great mix of progressive guitars, sonorous bass, and the wide range of techniques on Neil Peart's ever-awesome drumming. At times, the synthesizers do blend in well with a handful of songs; they can either be dark and eerie, or high-keyed and frequent. Subdivisions is an excellent album opener in itself, and the strongest track on the album, implementing some of the new techniques brilliantly all in five minutes. And here and there, there are fragments of genius: the ska bridge of Digital Man, Ben Hinks' excellent violin on Losing It, et cetera.

But that's where it stops. Some songs fall entirely flat on their ass, because some of them are just plain dull. New World Man is a radio-friendly approach, one that loses its appeal after about a couple listens. The instruments' composition feels very forced, imprecise, and stale. Countdown is a potentially good song, marred by the slamming use of synthesizers and the constant, driving rhythm. Most of the songs do have an enjoyable element to them, but they're all filled to the brim with more forgettable elements.

Regardless of everything mentioned, Signals is not bad. Far from it. It was at this point that Rush began to experiment, and they were inexperienced in their approach. For those who want to start with Rush, this is not the album for you. It's like a pharisee; it seems enjoyable, but when you delve into it's filled with more rags and dust than you'd expect. But for those who know Rush and are looking for an album to at least enjoy, even a little bit, look no further than Signals.



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Killerhit
June 6th 2012



5249 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wrote this cause I had to.

Leave all of your opinions and bash it hard.

KILL
June 6th 2012



71372 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

you fucking prick

Digging: Invisible - El jardin de los presentes

MO
June 6th 2012



18496 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

subvisions rules so hard

Parallels
June 6th 2012



6641 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Subdivisions, The Analog Kig, Chemistry, Digital Man, The Weapon and Losing It are all 5/5 classics.

This review is ill, it must have been written by Terry Brown

Killerhit
June 6th 2012



5249 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

s/m is better though

Parallels
June 6th 2012



6641 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sorry, I can't take you seriously when your own rating is different than your review.

Killerhit
June 6th 2012



5249 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

s/m is better though

KILL
June 6th 2012



71372 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

raven sucks fuck u

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
June 6th 2012



50055 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Da fuck

Digging: Tiny Moving Parts - Pleasant Living

Jethro42
June 6th 2012



12390 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

mmm

KILL
June 6th 2012



71372 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

hes gay and he sucks

KILL
June 6th 2012



71372 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i mean hes doing a rush discog but doesnt even review the first album lol

KILL
June 6th 2012



71372 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

haha

dude clockwork angels oh my god seven city of gold best song ever?

KILL
June 6th 2012



71372 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

agreed dude im gettin tickets soon i'll go on my own if i have to

KILL
June 6th 2012



71372 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

dude i'd fuck margaret thatcher if i knew she dug rush

but yea i know this one dude who digs yyz but thats about it maybe i can convince fucking other fags would rather see TOOL

KILL
June 6th 2012



71372 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

haha dude its the damn beard makes you look 50

yea i showedem but they hate the vocals but oh well as you said i should advertise i need some true friends fade lives close but hes gay who else is there?? kate wont be my friend so maybe bill bruford?

KILL
June 6th 2012



71372 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

dude why didnt you bang her? or was she ugly which makes sense as there arent many hot rush chicks lol

dude i would but i wont get any replies you dont get it man i am the only person ive ever met who loves rush! fuck em all

Killerhit
June 6th 2012



5249 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

k

KILL
June 6th 2012



71372 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

raven sucks dicks!

Killerhit
June 6th 2012



5249 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

KILL eats pricks



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