Rush – Moving Pictures Reviews

Moving Pictures

essential recording
With Moving Pictures, Rush’s complex songwriting and musical virtuosity reached new heights. It’s that rarest of creatures, a highly listenable progressive-rock album; even the all-instrumental “YYZ” is of interest to listeners besides musicians. The highlight of the album is “Limelight”; like many progressive-rock bands, Rush writes songs about the experience of being on-stage. The result is impressive, with almost orchestral arrangements that never overwhelm t (more…)

12 responses to “Rush – Moving Pictures Reviews”

  1. Edita says:

    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Ambitious restraint
    I never could become a huge fan of this band; despite many intriguing ingredients they generally didn’t have enough compelling elements in place to satisfy me.

  2. Jaetyn says:

    It is a testament to the talent of this trio that one of their best releases musically and lyrically is one of their _also_ accessible.
      lot of time, as musicians together to create an album of “prog rock”, the results are interesting, their fellow musicians, but the average listener in the dust.
      The three members of Rush (Geddy Lee, bass and vocals, Alex Lifeson, guitars, Neil Peart, percussion and lyrics) do not work that way. They _are_ musicians (and they do not achieve their appeal by dumbing anything down), but they never retreat in technodazzle and flashy obscurantism, their music is (almost) how to understand and enjoyable to a listener who does not know, 7 / 4 time when they have something behind him. (Even Geddy Lee's solo release _My Favorite Headache_ that you might expect that with all kinds of last-at-a-chance-to-show-off bass theatrics, is on the contrary, a collection of really good _songs_.)
      Peart also the lyrics are intelligent and thoughtful, but they never talk to us listeners or hide from us in a private, Hipper-than-thou symbolic language. They are well lit, with the clarity of the strong light and shadow – “deep”, with no hard to follow.
      _Moving Pictures_ gets my vote as the CD to start if you want to introduce yourself to this great band. Mind you, this is not because I think they jumped the shark in the middle of the 1980s, I can be alone in the world think that these guys have never released a bad album, but that is indeed what I think.
      No, the reason why I named this album as the place to start is that the quality is also important for the stratosphere Rush. The stuff is, lyrically, some of the closest Peart's writing, and the music (especially by Lee and Lifeson with occasional contributions from Peart) is from beginning to end as lean and clear, like a rocket.
      Everyone has heard “Tom Sawyer” and “Limelight”, so I will not comment on those. As for the rest: the futuristic streets of SF-warriors “Red Barchetta” is like a miniature _2112_, the authoritative and threatening “Witch Hunt” is just as timely today as it was in 1981; “YYZ” (name for the Toronto Airport – tap in Morse code) is one of the most beautiful instrumental pieces (and until the past ten years later), “The Camera Eye 'manages to combine two short' snapshot 'verses (about New York and London) in an extended eleven minute epic that does not feel anywhere near that long, and the police _wish_ they could have written and recorded the incredibly infectious “Vital Signs”. The music is quite brilliant and Peart's incisive lyrics exercising his healthy celebration of individualism, freedom and self-confidence, without burying us in Ayn Rand references.
      The quintessence is that if you want, such as Rush, as this CD, and if not, no. Oh, you can do almost as well _Permanent Waves_. But most of their catalog on _something_ that Rush Neuling not appreciate (even _2112_).
      This is a gem, which, if these guys had just broken through the mainstream and were absolutely at the top of their game. Do you have a casual interest in Rush, do not miss it.

  3. Baback says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    One of Rush’s best, and by no means a sellout, as some have said…
    When this album came out, it got one star in Rolling Stone. I remember being rather infuriated by this (even at a young age), and I bought the album anyway.

  4. Sabra says:

    Some have said that the Moody Blues, the bombast of rock music. Rush is the gradual bombast of The Moody Blues to higher, nor excessive and electronic heights. In the process, they have one of the most accessible progressive rock albums. “Tom Sawyer” starts the album with one of the three most progressive songs on the album, with the two other “camera eye” and “Witch Hunt”. All three in glory too bombastic and sophisticated with exquisite overblown keyboards of different types. This song, with its hard guitar and synthesizer-driven music is about what Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer would be like in today's world. One of the best lines from this song is: And what you say about his company Is what you say about society. The truth is that these texts, however, present unpleasant Tom Sawyer, you can believe that it is your criticism of him is that at the heart of the problem of society, a great variation on a theme that is at least Janis Ian's “Society's Child.” The music and lyrics are incredibly catchy for a progressive rock song. Science fiction is often a theme in a lot of progressive music, and “Red Barchetta” is in this category. The song is about a future in which gasoline-powered cars are prohibited. The song of the protagonist gladly attend his uncle's farm, where a Red Barchetta is hidden in the barn. Our hero loves to joy rides, racing again on a bridge to the police cars that are too large to them. After our hero returns, he dreams with his uncle at the fireside. Even if we do not know what they are dreaming, we think it is a dream from the time when fast cars ruled the road, and the joy of driving, how fast you can go and not whether one could all. “YYZ” is an excellent rock instrumental. The rhythm is very catchy and accessible. YYZ is the airport code for Toronto, where the group went to them from their big hometown Sarnia, Ontario. The next song was the last one on the first page of the band or album. “Limelight”, was a bona fide hit for the group, and was sufficient for progressive people, together with the other Rush hits in the 80s that progressive rock was not yet dead. While the song has some elements of progressive, it also has elements of mainstream rock. “The Camera Eye” is a perspective of New York and London in absolute electronic excessiveness. The texts in the light of the overwhelming seat keyboards on this piece, the slightly exaggerated piece on the CD, and maybe one of the most advanced. Rush usually enjoys artistic and descriptive texts, but the lyrics are very understated with the music, the visual perspective of a bird's eye view of New York and London. This song has all the elements that critics of progressive rock love to criticize, which means it is one of my favorite songs on this album. “Witch Hunt” is threatening and chilling. Keyboard was a heavy bass track to chill you to the bone, as you imagine the crowd that chased Frankenstein, or the Wolf Man, or the crowd after everyone who is not like USA. This track has the edge on the album and also the progressive. The lyrics are reasonably accessible, but the grim music takes some time to appreciate another of my favorites from this album. The last song is a bit of a departure from the norm Rush. Vital Songs “is a kind of reggae beat in the style of the police, for example, the style of” Do not Stand So Close to Me “. The song gave me a while to get to, because the style is very different from everything else on this album. Furthermore, it is probably the most mainstream styling in every song on the album. I will not try to interpret the wonderfully poetic and obscure texts. Rush managed a progressive rock album, which is close to the edge of progressive rock, sometimes over more into the mainstream, so that the album is accessible. A large part of the music is catchy, even if most of the texts to understand, take some time. Many fans of the Rush's best album. I found it good enough that in the preparation for this review is still in my car's stereo for two weeks. A truly great album.

  5. Vivica says:

    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Rush Remasters a missed opportunity
    Moving Pictures is a classic album of great songs, performed with unmatched innovation and artistry by the classic power trio Rush.

  6. Hunter says:

    4.0 out of 5 stars
    MFSL 24K review.
    A little better than the the 1997 remaster, deeper bass and you hear F/X clearer, but not a major impovement like 2112 was!

  7. Anonymous says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Arguably the best Rush album
    Moving Pictures might be Rush’s best album. Certainly a lot of fans think it is. To me, this album was the last album of “old” Rush, a period of time from 1974 to 1981 when…

  8. Waldo says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Classic/Progressive Rock Masterpiece
    Rush’s eigth studio release from 1981 “Moving Pictures” is without question one of the greatest classic/progressive rock albums of all time, as well as the band’s best and most…

  9. Emele says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The first record album I ever bought – still sounds great
    I bought this when it came out in vinyl as my first album. This is classic; I can’t believe my taste was that good back then. Not a bad song on here.

  10. Cailean says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Rush – Moving Pictures
    This item came just as described. Sleeve is in great condition. Record has minor scratching, and caused it to skip a little, but description mentioned that, so all is…

  11. Avice says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Classic Rush goodness
    “Moving Pictures” marks the equilibrium synthesis of the proggy late-70s era of Rush and the 80s analog-synth heaven that is the 80s era of Rush.

  12. Yan says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Probably the best prog-pop record made
    On this record Rush solidified its status as one of arena rock’s biggest and best bands. What I like most about this album is that it’s loaded with hooks, but it doesn’t actually…

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