Hello, Lisbon Students! Spencer Crosser, back here for my final review. I would like to give out my sincere thanks to everyone for their feedback and opinions on the albums I have reviewed. You guys have all made this assignment much more enjoyable. That being said, rather than review a new album, I thought I would give a review of an album that I feel changed rock music forever. I am reviewing Moving Pictures, the all-time classic, by Rush.
For those of you who don’t know Rush, they were a Canadian power-trio who in their 40 year career, made some of the most complex, progressive and amazing music. With Geddy Lee and Neil Peart, regarded as the world’s finest bassist and drummer respectively, and Alex Lifeson, a fantastic guitarist, they made music that would appeal to anyone.
This album was released in 1980, and with only seven tracks, made its mark in music history. The album starts with “Tom Sawyer,” which has become the anthem of the band, their staple song. Going through time signature changes, intense drum and keyboard riffs and heavy guitar, this track is one of the finest rock songs ever written.
Another high point on this album is my personal favorite song, “The Camera Eye,” which is an eleven minute long epic. This song tells their stories of touring in New York City and then in London, while comparing and contrasting the cultures.
The album closes with “Vital Signs,” which talks about death and the meaning of life. The song tells how in the end, everyone and everything good must come to an end and no longer exist. What a fantastic way to finish this album. We go through style changes, mood changes and almost everything else imaginable. This album will take you on a journey like no other. I highly recommend this album. I am going to give it a perfect 10/10.