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Like much of the band's '80s output, Power Windows finds Rush juggling their hard-rock heritage with new technology to mixed results. With Alex Lifeson choosing sparse, horn-like guitar bursts over actual crunch, Geddy Lee's synthesizers running rampant, and Neil Peart's crisp, clinical percussion and stark lyrical themes (evoking cold urban landscapes), the result just may be the trio's "coldest" album ever. Still, it does boast its share of important tracks in "Marathon" and "Manhattan Project," while offering an energetic, tongue-in-cheeck hit single in "The Big Money." In an album that rewards patience (repeated listens are the key), the most gripping moments are saved for last, with the beautifully eerie textures of "Mystic Rhythms," a song that was later used as a concert drum solo showcase for Peart.
Performance CreditsRush Primary Artist
Anne Dudley Strings,Conductor
Jim Burgess Synthesizer
Andrew Jackman Conductor
Geddy Lee Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,bass pedals
Alex Lifeson Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Neil Peart Percussion,Drums,electronic percussion
Andy Richards Keyboards
Technical CreditsRush Arranger,Producer
Peter Collins Arranger,Producer
Anne Dudley String Arrangements
Jim Burgess Programming
Andrew Jackman Arranger,Vocal Arrangements
Geddy Lee Producer
Alex Lifeson Producer
Neil Peart Producer
Andy Richards Programming
Hugh Syme Artwork,Art Direction,Cover Design,Paintings
Jim Barton Engineer
Liam Birt Executive Producer
Steve Kleinberg Cover Design
James Barton Engineer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is the fullest, richest-sounding of the synth-era Rush recordings. The other albums of this period - Signals, Grace Under Pressure, Hold Your Fire - feature some great songwriting, but also suffer from bloodless production. Not so with Power Windows. From the opening volley of 'The Big Money' to the chorus of strings on 'Manhattan Project' to the eerie keyboards of 'Mystic Rhythms', this is Rush exploring tonal colors like never before. It's also one of the few rock albums not to include a weak track - I can't really complain about any of the selections. All this makes Power Windows a must have for anyone who likes Rush.
I was a very dedicated fan of RUSH during my adolescence. Since then I have moved on to other styles of music(Jazz and European formal types for example) but I won't forget how strongly I felt the music of these guys. RUSH has always been a band that has represented the perspective of someone who thinks. I don't mean that as an insult, just an insight. While no one person is a virtuoso in this group, their playing is certainly well above par when compared to the dross of commercially available rock. They are creative and contemporary as much as one could hope in the convoluted ''Wonderland'' of poular music. POWER WINDOWS was, and still is, in my opinion, a fabulous recording worthy of many repeated listenings. Just try to remember that these men are old enough to be the parents of their target audience, but still pack the gear to blow the roof off a joint on a good night. Of special note is the lyrical content of their work. While others talk of murder, rape, and robbery, RUSH wonders why we are, what is life, and how can I be happy in a sad,sad world full of mad bad people. Don't be upset that they don't sound like someone ''cooler'' or ''hipper'', be glad that they offer a perspective on living that you may not have considered before.