Grace Under Pressure review by Rush

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  • Released: Apr 12, 1984
  • Sound: 8
  • Lyrics: 10
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.6 (14 votes)
Rush: Grace Under Pressure

Sound — 8
Signals was decent, but Grace Under Pressure pulled a better sound, and a better way of music than it did. Moving Pictures had barely any synth-keyboards in it, Grace Under Pressure does, but, it pulls out beautifully with it's guitar, bass, and drum riffs. It's like looking at the Post-Era of Moving Pictures, where Moving Picture's hard work and effort began to change ever so slightly.

Lyrics — 10
The lyrics, as always, are true to the band, and prove that no matter what music it is, the lyrics will move you, make you think, make you believe. Red Sector A just wasn't a good song, lyrical and sound wise in my opinion, but, Afterimage is a very well put out song, as well as Between the Wheels. The Enemy Within, the beginning of the 'Fear' series. The backward series, believe it or not. The lyrics worked perfect with the music, and the lyrics are catchy, you could easily catch on after reading just once.

Overall Impression — 9
The album is decent, but others say otherwise. Some can argue that it wasn't that good, and some die-hard Rush fans will argue against those people saying that 'if you are a true rush fan, you wouldn't hate the album'. The only thing I hate about the album is the song Red Sector A. The song just wasn't decent enough, and didn't seem to work well with any of the other songs on the album. This album is worth the time and effort to buy and listen to.

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    Sgt. Pepper
    The album is exception - it's better than alot of what came out in the 80s. However in terms of Rush, it's not very Rush. The lyrics are more convential, the guitar solos more restrained and the keyboards extremley prominent. Oddly enough this isn't a negative thing - it showcases the constnatley evolving sound of Rush and how they can work in any format and still be one the greatest prog. rock band ever.
    Okay no one talked about Kid gloves thats such a great song! And for the first reviewer Red Secter A is better than Afterimadge. And he puts way more voice into it too! I mean for cryin out loud its about the holocaust!!!! And he's jewish! Do the frickin' MATH!!!
    Sgt. Pepper
    I say the guitar solos are restrained, still brillant and innoviate though - I've never quite a solo like on Afterimage - sorta takes the rythm as lead technique a massive step further.