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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Rush: Moving Pictures

First and foremost: why is Rush not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Rush has, arguably, the most technically talented lineup in the history of music to date. The band's lineup includes Neil Peart (one of the greatest drummers to ever grace music), Geddy Lee (a slightly annoying vocalist, but one of, if not the best, bassist of all time), and Alex Lifeson (a VERY solid guitarist and the founder of the band.) What band deserves a place in the hall more than Rush? They've got the talent, the album sales, the critical acclimation, and longevity that is matched by very few artists. Yet, year after year, they are constantly snubbed by the committee- them and Deep Purple. Excuse my slightly off topic ranting, but it is just a huge annoyance to me.
While Rush recorded many great albums in their career, such as Hemispheres, 2112, Fly By Night, Permanent Waves, Rush, Counterparts, and A Farewell To Kings, Moving Pictures is often considered their magnus opus, and with good reason. Every song on this album is solid, including the lesser known, but still amazing, Witch Hunt and The Camera Eye. Tom Sawyer is one of Rush's best known songs, and is one of their most influential to date. YYZ is, arguably, the best instrumental song ever written. If you can play that bassline perfectly and completely, than I take my hat off to you. Red Barchetta, Limelight, and Vital Signs are all essential Rush songs, as is everything on the album. It is hard to believe that this is just a regular release album, it really seems like a compilation. There are just so many good songs.
Overall, this is one, if not best, progressive/hard rock albums of all time. It is one of the best and most influential albums (in general) of all time. Dear Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 'Experts': stop recruiting rap artists and actually pay attention to a ROCK group with this much talent- wake up.

(10 out of 10)

1 comment:

  1. By the way, the pun is hilarious.