After the hard and progressive 70’s RUSH did the jump into the 80’s with some changes. The predecessing album partly already shone through great synthesizer inserts. Here however RUSH made a good job of it.
It already starts with the first seconds of “Tom Sawyer“. A heavy, powerful sound sweeps your auditory passage clean. The merciless bass pedals couple themselves with the guitar without any problems. The song has numerous rough edges, which make the listening an experience, and a killer hookline. The “Red Barchetta” drives along somewhat catchier and more guitar-oriented again. Hookline like before, killer-like. With “YYZ” you have an insane, today still unsurpassed instrumental piece at work. Concerning the title you have to say that YYZ is the pilot code for Toronto airport and is often used in radio traffic. “Limelight” comes along very rocking again. Nevertheless the synthie is always present.
The follow-up “The Camera Eye“, full 11 minutes long, can convince me all along the line. It’s especially Alex Lifeson’s guitar playing which appeals to me very much here. Drum god Neil Peart is beyond doubt anyway. “With Hunt“ is the third part of a trilogy and very mystic and atmospherically dense. It’s surprising that the trilogy was released in reversed order (part one and two, that is) no sooner than on the following albums. Actually a very catchy track that is despite all complex if you listen exactly. “Vital Signs” falls out slightly and can’t quite reach the high standard of the six songs left, but would be a highlight with any other band.
To those who don’t know the band at all I recommend “Moving Pictures“ as entry. A highlight of progressive music where RUSH, in perfectly played unity of intricate drum figures, creative bass lines, Hard Rock-like guitar, unmistakable vocals and decent use of synthesizers, set new standards for all wannabe-proggies. (Online July 27, 2004)