Many of Rush's fans neglect this album as an overy-synthesized "optional" Rush album. But this CD will always be special to me. Probably my favorite Rush album ever, Power Windows is a slick sounding album that carries most of my favorite Rush songs including "Marathon", "Emotion Detector", and "Big Money".
Rush's flirtation with synthesizers reached its peak on the slightly dated sounding Power Windows. The album finds pop melodies and snappy songwriting buried under dense layers of keyboards, jangly guitars, and reverb-soaked drums. Geddy Lee's byzantine bass playing still works it way onto tracks like The Big Money and Marathon. This is a divisive album, but a fantastic one for rock fans who are not averse to electronic elements.
This is a solid album full of tasty 80's tunes. It's not Rush's best work but it's still a fun listen with songs that you will have stuck in your head. You'll be singing the lyrics over and over again.
Perhaps the weakest from Rush's 80's output, Power Windows lacks the first-listen catchiness that its predecessors possessed. However, the record may make up for this upon multiple listens, seemingly more complex and dense rather than the initial baron, sparse feeling these tracks tend to put off. These are the radio favourites, but this album no doubt has a place in many fans hearts and collections alike.