Rush - Hold Your Fire
Apr 26, 2019
74
While it is often cheesy, being riddled with 80s synths and other trendworthh music fads of the time, it still contains a great list of tracks. Often times, the synths work fairly well, whether it creates an atmosphere, leads a melody, or is a rhythmic compliment. Alex Lifeson takes a step back in his contribution due to the synths, which is a bit disappointing, but when he is offered a chance to come out on the record, he does so very well with memorable riffs and powerful solos, the latter which see a new approach as Lifeson works with more minimalism and individual note musicality, playing with effects and his tremolo bar. He experiments well with the little space given. Geddy Lee’s vocals work fairly well on the record, fitting the 80’s vibe with a more mellow take that can often times be sort of beautiful. His bass lines are simplified generally in most songs during the verses, but when he takes chances, he yields some fantastic work through the bass. Neil Peart experiments with rhythmic styles and percussive patterns through more electronic equipment, yielding some fairly interesting work on drums, often out of the ordinary but fitting well with what the band’s doing. His lyricism is very introspectful and observant on the album, bordering on being cheesy but still maintaining its charm and ability to be intriguing. All in all, it’s a great record still, getting a worse reputation than what it probably deserves. For someone who does not vibe with 80s trends in music, it’s likely to be a disaster, but if you’re willing to get past the overaaturation of synthesizers, it’s a worth listen.
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