Rush
Grace Under Pressure


4.0
excellent

Review

by Killerhit USER (39 Reviews)
June 7th, 2012 | 15 replies | 1,751 views


Release Date: 1984 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A more complete, satisfying sound.

7 of 10 thought this review was well written

When we had last left Rush, the Canadian trio was trying their hands at a different technique, and were displaying their prowess through more electronic sounds. In the 1980's, it was fairly evident this was growing fast and getting more and more popular. Soon, almost all of the 80's band had songs laden or almost completely coated with synthesizers. Signals was far from bad, though it was incomplete. It simply lacked some key ideas that had made Rush a success, and was a decent effort that was reliant on indulgent synth and mid-tempo songs. However, these three masterminds themselves felt disappointed with its sound, and grew from it.

Therefore, the Rush trio, very politely, kicked their producer Terry Brown to the curb, who'd been with them ever since their genesis. They tried their Canadian hands at a brand new producer, but who had wimped out at the last minute. At the same time that Rush was making their new album, the Cold War was all the hype. The US and the Soviets were always at eachothers throats, there was ridiculous propaganda on every street corner, and everybody seemed to be constantly paranoid. So, the vigorous drummer that was Neil Peart, decided this was a topic he wanted to write about. After discussion, the Canadian trio produced, wrote, and made the album out of their own pockets; therefore, Grace Under Pressure was born. Grace, in itself, is more realized than Signals and definitely more enjoyable. It blends the energetic progressive rock that Rush was known for, and succesfully renovates the sound they had tried in Signals.

Grace Under Pressure is significantly darker and heavier than previous albums. Instead of more upbeat melodies and quirky / cool storylines of their previous albums, almost all of Grace Under Pressure deals with a topic that all of America seemd to fear; Soviet Russia, nuclear bombs, war, the end of the world. The change does not, however, affect Rush in the slightest. The creative fodder is still there. Snythesizers here are more adventurous. The eerie melodies and gentle keys blend in very well with the mixing time signatures, ingenious guitar and bass work, and the brilliant drums fills and rolls. Red Lenses is a creative little arrangement, showcasing indigent and wailing guitars, synths, and excellent bass. Rush continues to dip further into other genres, such as the reggae-esque rhythm of The Enemy Within, and the crafty power chord solos and mourning lyrics of Afterimage.

Granted, Grace Under Pressure may not be the album that Rush fans may desire. But anybody who is a true fan will definitely check this out. It is just like all of Rush's other works; a bold and risky venture, but one that takes the sound from Signals and ultimately completes it. In the end, there's never a dull moment, and that, in itself, is enough.



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Killerhit
June 7th 2012



5190 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah.

JosephLong
June 7th 2012



301 Comments


neg

Killerhit
June 7th 2012



5190 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

faggot

myfault
June 7th 2012



7 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

correct rating. good review

Killerhit
June 7th 2012



5190 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Really sputnik five comments

dertyharrie
June 7th 2012



17 Comments


This is an awesome album, man.

never got into them tho

rape
June 7th 2012



13 Comments


best album of the 80s

Killerhit
June 7th 2012



5190 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Okay

What about power windows

EDIT: harry, listen to them

camaraderie
June 7th 2012



988 Comments


Good album.

CaptainDooRight
June 7th 2012



28300 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pos good review awesome album

Digging: IQ - The Road of Bones

FictionalFlames
June 7th 2012



1516 Comments


Good review, pos'd. don't understand the negs.

YoYoMancuso
June 7th 2012



10817 Comments


nice review, even nicer album.

johnnydeking29
June 7th 2012



8972 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Love this album so much, have a pos

Killerhit
June 7th 2012



5190 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Everybody loves it. You just can't hate it

Happy2review
June 8th 2012



98 Comments


I only have their Greatest Hits album. Each track is now a favorite, so I think my next course of action is picking up 'Fly By Night', since I prefer their heavy metal~esque sound. This album seems interesting too though. Hard to imagine Rush not sounding upbeat. Decent review.



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