Rush
Presto


4.5
superb

Review

by Joe Shadduck USER (17 Reviews)
May 17th, 2006 | 132 replies | 14,539 views


Release Date: 1989 | Tracklist


2 of 2 thought this review was well written

I'm sure if you're reading this you've heard of Rush, have heard some of their hits like Closer to the Heart, 2112, and Tom Sawyer, and have realized that Neil Peart is god. But even if you have heard of Rush, chances are you haven't heard anything from Presto, Rush's last album of the 80's, which shows the band beginning (but not quite) to depart from their synth-dripping sound that permeated Signals through Hold Your Fire. Many complain about this era of Rush, because Alex's guitar isn't blasting out in overdrive and Geddy is more often than not playing keyboards as much as bass. But IMO Rush began to become technical masters from Permanent Waves on, moreso than they had before. They were geniusus before, but in the 80's Rush seem to really outdo themselves. Presto is no exception. As a matter of fact, it's one of my favorite Rush albums, not only of their 80's period, but of all time.

As far as sound goes, Presto is far removed from Hold Your Fire and Power Windows, but not quite up to the Counterparts return-to-rock sound. Alex's guitar is very clean throughout the album, but not as shrill as it was in the aforementioned albums. When you hear Alex's guitar sounding out the high-pitched chords in song like The Pass and Show Don't Tell, the first thing that tends to enter your mind is *sparkling*. I guess that's what he was going for, because alot of the tracks have a slightly whimsical, polished fantasy feel about them. Plus, he treats you to a solo in just about every song. One of my favorite riffs here is the intro of Show Don't Tell. Guitarists, learn to play this riff; it's extremely flashy-sounding and not to terribly hard. If nothing else, download it so you can hear it.

Once again, Geddy is drowning most of the songs in synthesizers. However, the synths on Presto aren't nearly as overpowering as some might say they are on Power Windows, Signals, etc. They play much more of a subtle role, and allow the rest of the members of the band to make a showing above the keyboards and mellotrones. As always, Lee's bass playing is legendary, but you can expect that from any Rush album. The point I'm trying to make is that those who were turned off by the synth era of Rush may find Presto more enjoyable. There's even a few rocker songs here, like Superconductor and the aforementioned Show Don't Tell. But it's the ballads that really shine. The syntesizers on The Pass and Anagram just make the songs for me. I find myself nodding off to sleep on many occasions during this album.

Neil Peart, often considered the cornerstone of Rush, is widely recognized as one of the greatest, if not THE greatest, drummers ever. But his other contribution to this venerable band is his deep and interesting lyrics. The songs Presto and Red Tide have some of my favorite lyrics ever, and add the the subtly epic quality of those songs. Overall, an amazing showing by Peart.

I admit that I have always liked synth-Rush a little better than progressive Rush. But I also think that fans of the progressive era can find something to love in Presto. Like I said before, it's one of my favorite Rush albums (and I have them all) which is really something because there's so much to love in all of them (well, except for the self-titled *bleh*). Even though this album is little-known compared to the overrated Moving Pictures, I think it's better than their extremely popular music. If you have any doubts download one or all of these songs:

Show Don't Tell
The Pass
Superconductor
Available Light

Album Score: 4.5 Just short of timeless classic



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tom79
May 17th 2006



3363 Comments


Yeah this is one of the few Rush albums I haven't heard. Goob job on the review, not too long or too short.

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temporary
May 17th 2006



207 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Very good review, you managed to get the general sound of the album across, which many people don't do in an overall review like this. I don't think this is as good as any of their golden albums from 2112 through Moving Pictures, but its still great. The Pass is really a timeless classic in my eyes.

metallicaman8
May 17th 2006



4677 Comments


Excellent review. Excellent review. Well done

NOTINTHEFACE
May 17th 2006



1653 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thx for the comments/votes.

NewMetman
May 17th 2006



21 Comments


I like the review good job. When i first heard show dont tell, i was like wow a rush song with a chorus? But then i grew attached to itThis Message Edited On 10.09.06

Priestmetal
May 17th 2006



542 Comments


Good review. I've only heard the song The Pass from this because it is featured on Rush in Rio. Its a great track so if the rest of the album is as good or almost as good im sure this is an album worth checking out.

BludgeonySteve
May 17th 2006



558 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sweet review. Doing this one is definitly a dirty job but we have to review all of the Rush albums; even the ones that get overshadowed by the classics. Much appreciated.

peartdrummer
October 16th 2006



92 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

One of my favs. Check out Available Light, and The Pass. Awesome tracks

Isola
March 12th 2007



421 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The Pass is such a great song. Good job on the review too.

wakeupdead
March 12th 2007



2204 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This cd isn't good. Just an opinion, but I waaaaaaaay prefer the Rush from the 70's. The Pass is all right though

FR33L0RD
August 29th 2007



1461 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"The Pass" & "Anagram" are my favs on this album.
This album contains too much filler.

Whole lotta Led
August 29th 2007



40 Comments


Rush was better in the first albums.

FR33L0RD
August 29th 2007



1461 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

^^^Indeed, yes

Maybe, their last 3 studio album are good, i will listen to them soon.

CreamCrazy
June 3rd 2008



724 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This the only Rush studio album I haven't heard yet... yes, I have got their 18 other studio albums XD

I heard this album was very good, I bought Counterparts over this when I finally found it in the shops... I wish I had enough money for both...

CrazyFool84
November 29th 2008



1080 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

ahh the poor underapprecaited Rush albums. I find this one is still a solid outing, like most of the stuff that comes from this band.

endlessartix
June 24th 2009



275 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is okay but yeah their progressive stuff is by far their best, especially 2112 and Hemispheres.

KILL
September 8th 2010



70379 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

show dont tell main riff is so good

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KILL
December 28th 2010



70379 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i love presto though and hand over fist

6Dark6Cell6
February 10th 2011



255 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

War Paint, The Pass, and Superconducter...oh and Show Dont tell=FAVs!

6Dark6Cell6
February 10th 2011



255 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

oh yeah, and Scars...and Presto



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