11 Songs, 52 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

This album is Mastered for iTunes. Though it was considered at the point of release to be a less keyboard-intensive effort, 1989's Presto is still relatively reliant on keyboards for the main thrust of the power trio's sound. Guitarist Alex Lifeson can be heard snarling more prominently, but he still waits in line behind Geddy Lee's impressive keyboard washes and drummer Neil Peart's exemplary drum accents. The ambient undertow of Power Windows and Hold Your Fire is muted but not completely wiped aside. The emphasis remains on the songwriting where the band's pop sense has often been overlooked in light of their instrumental abilities. "Show Don't Tell," "The Pass," and "Scars" are obvious standouts, luxuriating in melodic riches that have always been the band's secret, unsung weapon. Harmonies, lush landscapes and a devout indifference to trends remain at the core of the band's approach. Over the years, they've turned away from the elaborate extended works — no twenty-minute opuses here — for the pleasure that comes with delivering a well-edited point of view.

EDITORS’ NOTES

This album is Mastered for iTunes. Though it was considered at the point of release to be a less keyboard-intensive effort, 1989's Presto is still relatively reliant on keyboards for the main thrust of the power trio's sound. Guitarist Alex Lifeson can be heard snarling more prominently, but he still waits in line behind Geddy Lee's impressive keyboard washes and drummer Neil Peart's exemplary drum accents. The ambient undertow of Power Windows and Hold Your Fire is muted but not completely wiped aside. The emphasis remains on the songwriting where the band's pop sense has often been overlooked in light of their instrumental abilities. "Show Don't Tell," "The Pass," and "Scars" are obvious standouts, luxuriating in melodic riches that have always been the band's secret, unsung weapon. Harmonies, lush landscapes and a devout indifference to trends remain at the core of the band's approach. Over the years, they've turned away from the elaborate extended works — no twenty-minute opuses here — for the pleasure that comes with delivering a well-edited point of view.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
51 Ratings

51 Ratings

Snoopy3024 ,

Love it

I think "Available Light" is one of my favorite songs by Rush. This album is an emotional rollercoaster. And probably one of their more interesting albums. I remember they had a bunch of hawt broads walk on stage in playboy bunny suits on this tour. The crowd being mostly nerds or musical snobs were thrilled.

Chris.top.her7777 ,

7 days of sun

pure musical bliss, alex, geddy and of course the mighty neil peart. i have been listening to rush since i was 13 now 36 they still envoke axiomatic humanistic wonder.

BJNman ,

EXCELLENT!!

This album is great! it has some of my favorite RUSh songs. I don't know why this album gets forgotten because it's really a great collection of all of their talents. If you like RUSH then you have to have this album!

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