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Moving Pictures

Rush

1981

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Moving Pictures
Album Summary

Moving Pictures is the eighth studio album by Canadian progressive rock band Rush, released on February 12, 1981 through Anthem Records. After touring to support their previous album, Permanent Waves (1980), the band started to write and record new material in August 1980 with co-producer Terry Brown. They continued to write songs with a more radio-friendly sound, featuring tighter and shorter song structures compared with their earlier albums. Moving Pictures received a positive reception from contemporary and retrospective music critics and became an instant commercial success, reaching number one in Canada and number 3 in both the United States and the United Kingdom. It remains Rush's highest-selling album in the United States, with 5 million copies sold. "Limelight", "Tom Sawyer" and "Vital Signs" were released as singles across 1981, and the instrumental "YYZ" was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance. Rush supported the album on tour from February to July 1981.

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3.6

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Sun Jan 01 2023
1

Once upon a time, there was a very nice style called Prog Rock, that just looooooved to have little musical adventures, going to the jazzy woods one day, sailing over the experimental lakes on another one, or climbing on the back of their friend Hard Rock, the gentle giant of the East, on yet another one of those innocent years from the early seventies. Some mean, mean children mocked Prog Rock sometimes, but Prog Rock didn't care. First because *other* children still liked Prog Rock well enough. But most of all, because Prog Rock was a good-natured, spontaneous sort of style. And in the land of music, as long as all styles were sincere, creative and artful, they were liked well-enough. Once in a while, Prog Rock took herself a little too seriously, that's true. But her heart was always in the right place: all she ever wanted to do was to create a world of musical wonders for other children to enjoy (wonders named King Crimson, Pink Floyd, Yes, Genesis, Soft Machine, Robert Wyatt, Procol Harum...). Who could blame Prog Rock for all that, really? Little did Prog Rock know that the Eighties were looming on the horizon, and that they had sent to the land of music a band of ruffians known as Rush, led by Geddy Lee, the wicked witch of the west. Geddy Lee had a voice like nails on a chalkboard and a brain the size of a pea. But if he couldn't sing gracefully, or write interesting lyrics, he was still shrewd enough to find ways to get what he wanted from the lands of music. He went to Prog Rock and said: "Look at our trinkets, child, and listen to our nice "modern" sounds--do you like them?" "I'm not sure," Prog Rock answered. "But people say I have an adventurous spirit. Maybe I could try them, as weird as they seem to me now. Maybe I could turn them into something good." "Yes, maybe," Geddy Lee replied. "But please, don't overthink it--make the same weird sort of time-signatures you usually enjoy, sure. But don't ever make anything that would be too mesmerizing or graceful in terms of melody. Fill your creations with *stuff*: soulless technical prowess, dumb heavy-metal guitar solos, flashy shenanigans... *That's* the most important thing to do for our masters the Eighties." "The... Eighties?" Prog Rock asked. Out of the corners of her eyes, Prog Rock saw that one of the Rush members was trying to ride on the back of Hard Rock, the gentle giant of the east. Hard Rock was shaking and fiercely resisting. Prog Rock felt a lump in her throat. Something was going awfully wrong here... "What... What are you here for?" Prog Rock asked Geddy Lee. "We're here to make music with you," Geddy Lee answered with a sly pout on his lips. "How about giving me a little kiss, for starters? I'm sure this will make the most beautiful sound ever." "I'm... I'm not sure I want to," Prog Rock stammered with fear in her heart. "C'mon... Just one little kiss" "No." But Geddy Lee had already grasped his hands around Prog Rock's waist: "C'MON YOU FUCKING BITCH, GIVE ME THAT FUCKING KISS NOW, OR I'M GONNA KILL YA" All around him, the Rush members suddenly produced machine guns and started to shoot everything around them. Horrid sounds started to be heard throughout the lands of music. Most of the children were horrified--but *a few* of them liked those tragic sounds, oddly enough. Some of those kids were dumb and mean, as suggested earlier. And among them, a few actually liked shallow and soulless creations. Geddy Lee looked at Prog Rock in the eye: "Give me what I want, or I swear to you, I'm gonna make you squeal..." But Prog Rock resisted, just like Hard Rock did. Mad with anger and frustration, Geddy Lee took out a knife. For one second, it flashed under Prog Rock's eyes. It is said that when Geddy Lee stabbed Prog Rock, a horrid and hackneyed synth sound resonated all around the lands, the same sound that can be heard in the first seconds of "Tom Sawyer": "Tcccccchhhhhhiiioooooooooonk..." And so Rush plundered and pillaged the lands of music. But they were only the *first* harbingers of doom. Marillion came not long after, for instance. And *other* styles in the lands would quickly be violated and emptied of their true meaning, just like Prog Rock after her lifeblood left her when Geddy Lee stabbed her to death. And that, kiddies, is how the Eighties took over the lands of music and murdered several important styles. Other survived and thrived after the Eighties' demise, fortunately. But that's a story for another time, I guess... The end. At least, the end of Prog Rock, sadly. Number of albums left to review: 690 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens: 151 Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 71 Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important): 87 (including this one)

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Thu Feb 18 2021
5

It's fucking Rush. Favorite tracks: "YYZ", "Limelight", "Witch Hunt"

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Mon Mar 15 2021
4

“Moving Pictures” by Rush (1981) I’m only slightly familiar with Rush; never heard this album. I had always planned to listen to more Rush, on the recommendation of some respected friends, but I never got around to it until today. I’m glad I did. This is progressive rock, well structured around the concept of turning what is visual into what is musical. The concept is developed lyrically by pairing the scenes, perceptions, and narratives of the lyrics with sounds that connect well (after a couple of hearings and a willingness to step beyond convention). The lyrics of themselves lack depth, but they accomplish the purpose of holding together this basic concept. Nice use of non-standard time signatures (7/8, 5/4, etc.), executed with discipline and precision. No backing vocals (too bad), and the lead vocal is high pitched, lacking natural resonance, but with excellent elocution. However, the primary thing that makes this album so good is the musicianship of the instrumentals. With only three members, this band produces a cornucopia of highly skilled playing—all three of them showcase their virtuosity on almost every track. If you only have a little time, listen to the first three minutes of “YYZ” (with headphones, of course. Loud.) Incredible execution. Close your eyes; visualize. A very good listening experience. 4/5

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Mon Feb 15 2021
3

Rush tends to be pretty polarizing for people. I think alot of it centers around how you respond to Geddy Lee's voice. The other thing people tend to have strong opinions on is the prog thing. I have absolutely no qualms with prog whatsoever. As far as Geddy Lee's voice I don't love it but I don't think it's necessarily like fingernails on a chalkboard either. I feel like Rush is one of those bands people want you to love or hate and there's not much in-between, but that's where I stand. I'd love to do a "my one track mind" episode with someone who's a big Rush fan. Maybe Paul Rudd or Jason Segal? The more I listen to this, I have to admit it's growing on me. I think they had fun making this and I think it comes through in the recording.

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Mon Mar 29 2021
5

Love Rush -- such amazing musicians, each member. This album preceded 'Signals,' and it was during the Signals tour that I saw them in concert, December 1982. Incredible, high energy, fun show. They opened with Spirit of Radio, played Limelight, Tom Sawyer, and other biggies, and did a YYZ encore. I was 15. Saw the show with my good friend, Drew. It was epic!

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Mon Sep 26 2022
1

I'm so glad someone is taking Spinal Tap seriously.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
1

When I was in my late teens I had - for some unfathomable reason - all the Rush albums up to this one. I heard this one and now have no Rush albums.

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Sun Jan 09 2022
2

*Makes myself unpopular* With prog rock I just have this overwhelming sense the musos are trying to be clever, and the fans have a smug belief in their own cleverness, and yet I just don't enjoy it, not even 'Tom Sawyer'. Insert new synthesiser sound here.

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Mon Apr 12 2021
1

first album in my 1001 albums to avoid before you die

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Fri Aug 25 2023
1

I’m literally begging for no more Rush.

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Thu May 13 2021
5

One of the strongest LP Side 1’s of all time! (and S2 is pretty good too). This album was bonding-glue for my friend group when we were coming of musical age at Worthington Sr High. When Rush broadcast a concert from this tour LIVE on MTV, it was an event so big that even my buddy Craig Trapp’s 19 year-old brother fresh out of reform school joined us to catch the show. Love it all - vocals, guitars and drums work. Neal Peet’s drums on Tom Sawyer are phenomenal, Geddy Lee’s bass can set a mood and Alex Liefson is very underrated. Maybe the best Canadian album ever.

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Thu Nov 04 2021
5

Limelight Exposition of Sonus, when instead of Moving Pictures you are actually Keeping Captures. This album made me a fan, so Rushium love starts and you must admit, the rest it's history, it was the first record of them in the list, so my headstart. Cycle, it's like the music never stops or you can't describe which one is better than the other, because they're connected in some way, like when you're looking at paintings and the colours and textures mix all your senses in an image, in that case a sound. Amount off quality, it needed only 7 pictures to fulfill their needs at the time, so it required only a colour to paint the town red. A+

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Mon Jun 06 2022
5

Genre: Progressive Rock 5/5 A total Prog Rock titan, Rush's Moving Pictures is one of the best in Rush's catalogue, one of the best rock albums of the 1980s, and one of prog's best and most complete full-album experiences that the genre has to offer. Full of 80s flair and production elements, Rush still sounds like Rush, as the 3 virtuosos play their respective instruments to absolute pieces. Geddy's voice is maturing into its middle register, and his bass sounds chunkier and cleaner than it ever has before. Lifeson's guitar work on this album is some of his best, full of catchy licks and harmonic pinches, featuring some truly compelling solo work throughout. However, the true driving force behind this album is Neil Peart on drums and lyrics. From the cymbal crashes leading off Tom Sawyer to Vital Signs' fadeout, Peart is eloquently banging the fuck out of the drums, and also providing us with some of Rush's most poignant and recognizable lyrics. From the very beginning of Moving Pictures, we're greeted with what is easily Rush's biggest song, Tom Sawyer. While some may find it overplayed, this is a rock song that doesn't quit AT ALL throughout its run time. We're taken on quite the musical journey in just 5 minutes, as hard rock gives way to technical mastery in the form of an off-time musical break, showcasing Rush's jamming at its ultimate best, and providing us with some truly wonderful drum fills from Neil. As we move along to Red Barchetta, a sci-fi tale with a magnificent soundtrack, then to YYZ, Rush's most concise exercise in self-indulgence and a real instrumental treat, then to Limelight, another hard/pop rock gem from the boys featuring themes of introspection and fear of the unknown, we can all realize we're in for quite a treat. And that's just Side 1. Side 2 is just as captivating. Rush's pop-prog epic The Camera Eye is a great track, featuring some of Rush's catchiest guitar riffs around. Witch Hunt and Vital Signs, two deep cuts that would serve well as some other rock group's lead singles, end the album on a high note, with tinges of tribal and disco music making its way into the equation. It's all so, so good, and a real treat to anyone who considers themselves a fan of rock music. One of rock and roll's biggest and best musical statements. 

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Sat Nov 28 2020
5

The prog rock era of the Holy Triumvirate is my favorite. I don't love the hard rock years, and I don't have a lot of use for the Ayn Rand tribute era that preceded this one. The balance of this album is perfect. A couple of rock solid hits, one of the best instrumentals of all time, and a double song track for the math rock nerds, all in 40 minutes. Incredible. Best track: Limelight

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Sun Jan 17 2021
5

This album is a classic and definitely deserves it’s spot on the list.

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Tue Jan 26 2021
5

A glorious album. Starts strong, strong in the middle, ends, ends strong.

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Mon Jul 19 2021
5

One of my favorite albums ever and one of the greatest prog rock albums of all time. Pretty much perfect. Honestly, Tom Sawyer is the weakest song on the album and it's still pretty good. 10/10 1. Red Barchetta 2. YYZ 3. Limelight

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Fri Jan 29 2021
5

My views are quite generous for this album, as I've never heard anything like it. And I'm getting surprised by the fidelity of remasters. Overall, this album sounds great; it has a mix that I've never heard before in rock, where the bass is the most prominent element throughout most of the songs. You've got very melodic bass lines (with that vintage 80s distortion that makes the song feel thick even when there's pretty much just drums and bass) that overshadows the electric guitar/s. And you've got a vocalist who jumps in and out but has very little "lead" in the song, as he's lower in the mix. He's a good singer but never pushes himself in these tracks (sticking to a condensed vocal register? Maybe some more long high notes or something would improve it), and he shows off the least out of all members. I'd give this one a 4.5 and will round it up to a 5. I want to leave headroom for something with a bit more variety and that matches my tastes more, but admittedly "YYZ" has some of the best technical rock bass I've ever heard, and I like every song on this album. Not to mention that moment in "Tom Sawyer" where they reference Space Invaders and then switch to a 7/4 synthy Atari melody, and subsequently hearing the bassist nail that melody afterwards really hits my tastes, and encapsulates the combo of sounds that I like about this band. Shout out to "Vital Signs", my second favourite song on here.

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Tue May 11 2021
5

I didn’t realize how much this album had been in my life. I mean obviously Tom Sawyer kicks ass and is the go to Rush song for most people. There are so many other stars on this album though; YYZ, Limelight, and everything else. I love Rush’s obsession with clean and tight lyrics too. Every part of this album has meaning and creates a total vibe. “Neil Peart stands alone.”

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Fri Sep 17 2021
5

What a hot streak this week as been (as soon as I say that, I'm sure I'll curse us to get Tom Waits or some other garbage tomorrow). Rush, and this album in particular, has been in my life for quite some time. Getting into classic rock when I was younger was a blast, and I was very impressed by Rush for the quirky song structure, Geddy Lee's goofy vocals, and the fantastic musical ability on display, especially from the LEGENDARY Neil Peart on drums. But let's not forget Lifeson on guitar and Lee on Bass; both are extremely skilled as well. I know tracks like Tom Sawyer and Limelight like the back of my hand. Other bangers on here too, but I will say that the album does not close as strongly as it opens. The last two tracks lost my attention a bit, but the other five were all tracks I really dig. I love this album dearly. If I were being completely objective, I'd have this just shy of the coveted five-star rating. But we're talking about art here, how can anyone be objective? This is the third five I've given this week, with just one 4.5 in between, so the list has been good to us. Crossing my fingers we don't get trolled with some retaliatory bullshit tomorrow, like a lost live Who album. Favorite tracks: Tom Sawyer, Limelight, YYZ, The Camera Eye, Red Barchetta. Album art: Very punny. Is that a baby on the ground? No, it's actually some lumpy groceries. The art being moved is funny--Joan of Arc, the Rush pentagram logo, and dogs playing poker. The framing and red text is excellent too. Love this one. 5/5

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Wed Apr 21 2021
3

Self indulgent prog rock but they are very good musicians

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Tue Jan 19 2021
3

Musicianship is outstanding, def a 'musicians band'. Alot of 80s feel with the synths used but it's still rock at it's core. The song YYZ was a big showmanship of all 3 of the musicians, all top of their game. I'm not a huge fan of Geddy's voice so can't see myself digging into the band too much besides the hits.

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Fri Jun 18 2021
2

If you have to include a Rush album in a list like this, Moving Pictures is a bit of an odd choice--it marks the exact moment that Rush started to curdle, both lyrically and musically. Lyricist/drummer Neil Peart had been an Ayn Rand enthusiast since at least Hemispheres, but at least the objectivism on The Trees from that album was couched in a clever and picturesque fable. On Moving Pictures, we get couplets like "His mind is not for rent to any God or government" and "Everybody got mixed feelings about the function and the form; everybody got to deviate from the norm." It's bald speechifying, and hasn't worn well after 40 years of neoliberalism. Musically speaking, back on Permanent Waves, synths were used for flavor, and added a welcome futuristic sheen to the music. On Moving Pictures, they fight for dominance with Alex Lifeson's guitars, which is bad news since Geddy Lee is a bassist, not a keyboard player, unlike John Paul Jones from Led Zeppelin. After Moving Pictures, Rush went over to the dark side, becoming for all intents and purposes a keyboard based rock band. But, as I've alluded to, Moving Pictures is a transitional album, and since Rush's previous album was the masterful Permanent Waves, they were still capable of great music. The clear highlight of Moving Pictures is Limelight, a paean to stardom and its appeal. Everything comes together on this track. Geddy Lee does full justice to Neil Peart's evocative lyrics. Yes, I know he sounds like a guinea pig on speed, but he isn't afraid of the emotions in this song--it's a very generous performance. Alex Lifeson gives a guitar solo for the ages here, creative and passionate. I can't listen to it without getting a lump in my throat. And Neil Peart plays the hell out of his kit with his patented thundering and technically immaculate fills. But the rest of the album? Meh. YYZ is just okay compositionally, and the solos are nothing to get fired up about either, although Alex Lifeson's spot ain't bad. Tom Sawyer is vastly overrated, with awkward and bludgeoning lyrics and music to match. Red Barchetta is juvenile and boring. Even the epic The Camera Eye is dull, with themes that fail to engage on either an emotional or intellectual level. Witch Hunt is an outright disaster, a micky mouse attempt at social commentary. Actually, going into this review, I had mixed feelings about Moving Pictures, probably colored by how much I love the song Limelight. Revisiting Moving Pictures, I find that it's not very good at all. Disappointing.

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Tue Aug 01 2023
2

despite the high energy of this album, i found it quite underwhelming.

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Wed Aug 16 2023
1

Couldn't do it, made it about half way through the first track and wanted to jam a rusty knife down my earhole

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Tue Apr 06 2021
5

A really really good prog record

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Thu May 13 2021
5

didn't listen to much rush when I was young, but definitely had bursts of interest. Discovered how much I loved their style and influence as i got older and revisted. The first half of this album is all bangers. The second half is more experimental, but it feels real Rush and real cool! Just the deeper cuts. Love this album, Love geddy Lee, love these weird Canadians.

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Sat Mar 20 2021
5

Neal Peart stands alone. I don’t want to look ahead, so I’m giving this a 5. It deserves it, but this 5 will be lower than 2112 or Permanent Waves. But again, that’s just in relation to those albums, it’s a 5 against any other band

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Tue Feb 16 2021
5

Fun easy album to get through. 40 minutes fly by. I only knew 2 songs going into this album but loved every song. Rush has always been one of those bands that us "Band Geeks" talk about with their very weird time signatures. Definitely recommend.

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Mon Mar 01 2021
5

Entertaining, iconic and tasteful.

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Fri Mar 26 2021
5

Tom Sawyer, excellent rock and synth fusion. Classic. Red Barchetta, nice and calm storytelling. Ballsy for the 6 minute runtime. Progressive at a nice pace and the mix is incredible. YYZ, the Archer song in my eyes. That intro bell isn't the most soothing sound but the drums really do make this song explode. Fun instrumental. Limelight is a very radio friendly song. Dipping and emerging from the hook more often, than not throughout. The Camera Eye. 11 minutes. Starts off as a post-credits song, then the vocals come in at almost 4 minutes to defuse the façade and return it to a story format. Not long, before they come back into instrumental world territory though. Calm song for the majority, but 11 minutes of popping up and down on the energy scale...hmmmm. Witch Hunt, a very different track to the rest of the album. Almost like a boss battle anthem, progressive and epic. Ending song also feels like something that Rush would write. Brilliant album overall. Love it.

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Mon Apr 12 2021
5

Heroic drumming - I would have sworn that was Phil Collins if I didn't already know it wasn't. Whoever it is, I bet he was great at maths in school - that's a guy who really knows how to count. On reflection the vocals are also interesting - I have no idea what any of these songs was about because I couldn't decipher any of the lyrics, but they sounded quite earnest. I absolutely loved lots of little individual sections on lots of tracks - in particular on 'Limelight' and 'The Camera Eye' and.. ..come to think of it, pretty much every track - but when you put the whole thing together it's just a mess. It shouldn't be that complicated: just decide what the sodding song is going to be, then play the damn thing! There's no need to try and cram 12 songs into every track. Yes, I know that's the nature of Prog Rock and it's almost 50 years too late to point out the absurdity of it now, but, come on, nobody really likes this, do they? It's mad. Great technicianship (as opposed to musicianship) and all that, but you can't whistle these tunes, can you? Well, there you are then. If you absolutely must listen to Prog then Genesis is the only sensible, musical, intelligent option available - and even so, you're on thin ice. Oh god, after Led Zep II, this is easily the best so far. Streets ahead. I'll take this to a desert island over the White Stripes every time. I loved it. No, really I did, despite neither expecting nor wanting to. Playing it again now. Maybe one day I'll understand some of it... but if I don't, there's still that heroic drumming... utterly brilliant. Please sir, can I have some more?

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Wed Jul 28 2021
5

Not every Rush album is an auto 5 stars from me, but Moving Pictures definitely is. Even on a list of 1001 "must listen" albums, you'd be hard pressed to find many albums with the powerhouse opening line-up of Tom Sawyer->Red Barchetta->YYZ->Limelight. Tom Sawyer is a bit overplayed at this point, especially on "classic rock radio", but JUST LISTEN TO IT. IT IS SO GOOD. Red Barchetta is the most emotional rock and roll sci-fi ballad since Queen's '39. It makes me, ME, care about a car. YYZ is Rush's best instrumental in their entire catalogue. I've never been to Toronto Airport, but I assume that it feels like this. Limelight rounds out the first side and is quite bitching. The rest of the album is not as good, but is still very solid. I think a more objective Jon would drop a star for the indulgent Camera Eye, but the first side is just THAT good.

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Fri Sep 17 2021
5

I think this might be the best week have had so far with these albums. Nothing lower than 4 stars all week and two five stars in the bunch, this being one of them. Moving Pictures is one of my favorite rock albums, something I jammed to in the car all the time during high school. From Tom Sawyer and Limelight to lesser known Red Barchetta and Camera Eye. They Even throw in the instrumental YYZ as well. And sitting at 7 songs for the album is very bold of them but also makes it more special. Getty killing it on base and vocals and Pert rocking the hell out of the drums. Rush gives me a Rush and I think Moving Pictures is my favorite album of theirs. I just realized today, though, that the album title is about actually moving pictures and not movies.

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Wed Aug 23 2023
4

I thought it was fine...my wife couldn't get through any of the songs...

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Wed Mar 06 2024
4

A lot of classic songs in here. Great writing and fantastic playing. I think the only thing that keeps me from giving it a 5 is that it sounds really dated

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Fri Jan 29 2021
3

There wasn't much in this album that truly gripped me. The most enjoyable part of Rush is the interesting mix of synths and guitar, which are unfortunately let down by the monotonous voice of the vocalist. The first half of the album is the most interesting, thanks to the apparent favourite opener "Tom Sawyer" and it's follow up "Red Barchetta", these are probably all you need to hear to get a gist of what Rush is all about. The next song "YYZ" stood out to me because the instruments took the limelight (ayy) in this song due to no vocals. The best part of the second half is "The Camera Eye", but arguably went on a tad too long. It could have stopped 7 minutes in and it would be still as good. I feel the vocalist could potentially have been saved by some better mixing, as his voice melts in to the background and doesn't really get an opportunity to punch through the overshadowing instrumentals. I admit that I enjoyed this album a bit more on the second play through, which historically has been how some of my favourite albums have started out, so maybe i'll be a Rush stan soon. For now though, I found this album mostly "meh". 2/5 on first play through, a light 3/5 on the second round (with rice)

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Wed Jun 15 2022
3

Did I just play Guitar Hero or Rock Band? It's really hard to listen to this album and not pretend to press buttons on a plastic guitar. It's also near impossible to see this album outside this frame.

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Wed Aug 23 2023
3

Spinal Tap/Trailer Park Boys vibes

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Thu Dec 07 2023
2

Rush’s guitar riffs are so dumb. You can tell Alex Lifeson hates playing rhythm guitar, his rhythm parts are lethargic and chunky, devoid of any nuance. Stereotypical lead guitarist mentality, tons of flare on leads, but rhythm parts played so boringly that it feels like checking a box. But it’s not just him, this entire band plays in a cold, clinical style in order to show off their technical prowess and their songs end up devoid of any urgency or emotion. Fucking Asia is more enjoyable to listen to…and I cannot stand that band.

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Tue Aug 02 2022
1

just not in the mood for rush, really i mean wtf

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Mon Jan 25 2021
5

Great album one of my favourites, some good songs and some great songs. Limelight could not be more relevant today than the day it was written.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

An absolute classic for sure!

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Mon Jan 25 2021
5

Excellent Album. Very good sound, good rock.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

never knew tom sawyer was by rush

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Mon Mar 08 2021
5

Amazing record, easily 10 years ahead of its time.

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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

Rush. Moving Pictures. Tom Sawyer, Living in the Limelight, AND YYZ. That's it. That's the tweet.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
5

Gotta love me some prog rock

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Fri Feb 19 2021
5

Its great its everything its toasted its wonderful

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Thu Jul 22 2021
5

Quintessential Rush album. I am pretty sure every Rush song I own is from this album.

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Fri May 07 2021
5

Worth a listen. Popular for a reason

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Mon May 17 2021
5

A masterpiece. Prog rock finally delivers an album that pure rock fans can "get on board" with. Their musicianship is undeniable - probably the tightest three piece unit outside of jazz. The lyrics are evocative and deep. Tom Sawyer is the perfect lead-off, gently drawing in a more traditional listener with the rock side of things before the album fully reveals its "prog- ness". Limelight perfectly captures the conundrum of what it means to be a rock star, capping it with the vow to never give up their passion for their craft to placate the masses. YYZ is one of the best rock instrumentals ever, showcasing each of the band members individually, but also exemplifying the aforementioned synchronicity. A couple of the songs might be hard listens for someone not as on board with the prog sound - The Camera Eye and Witch Hunt is a tough back-to-back - but I was surprised that the 10 min of Camera Eye was over before it felt long to me. This album definitely has a spot in my rotation, though some of the individual songs might throw off a shuffle of more general music.

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Wed Jun 23 2021
5

Absolute classic. No bad songs on this album.

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Mon Jun 14 2021
5

Classic album. Tom Sawyer still invokes air drumming. RIP Neil Peart

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Mon Jun 21 2021
5

CLASSIC! Five stars all the way.

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Fri Jul 16 2021
5

Masterpiece? What more needs to be said. Whole thing is killer, including the 2nd half, which contains the less familiar tracks camera eye and witch hunt. Listening to moving pictures has really improved the shitty day I’m having

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Wed Jul 28 2021
5

I mean..it’s Rush..cmon now

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Sun Aug 01 2021
5

Potente. A pesar de no ser fan del rock progresivo me pareció una genialidad.

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Fri Aug 06 2021
5

Absolute classic full of Rush hits. Sure, the lyrics are pretty ridiculous, and Geddy's vocal style are odd, but that's what makes Rush, Rush. Front to back classic good Rush. 5/5

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Sun Aug 15 2021
5

A banger of an album. RIP Neal Peart.

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Wed Aug 25 2021
5

Just a great album. Not particularly prog, lots of tight, accessible rock songs.

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Sun Sep 26 2021
5

Really good! Was only familiar with Tom Sawyer, but that was excellent.

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Sat Oct 09 2021
5

Yeah. I know this one. Red Barchetta is the okayest track, and that’s saying it all.

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Sun Oct 10 2021
5

Didn't think I liked Rush that much!

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Tue Nov 02 2021
5

Classic. Every song is in the perfect interstice of Rush's prog and pop.

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Sun Nov 07 2021
5

Vraiment trop bon, le meilleur album de rush avec 2112 5*

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Tue Nov 09 2021
5

Tom Sawyer is a great first song. XYZ is a good jam. Limelight is glorious. Witch hunt is a social commentary still relevant today. Good album: 6.72 out of 10

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Wed Nov 10 2021
5

ROCKBAND. Rush wasn't one of the old rock groups my dad raised me on (Journey, Ozzy, Cheap Trick, etc.), but I knew Tom Sawyer and YYZ from Rockband and love those songs. Honestly the rest of the album was really good as well, imo it was really clear that this album (and Rush in general) definitely influenced rock and other genres of music, really interesting to hear such an iconic album for the first time and hear things (guitar tones, musical sequences and patterns, etc.) that I've 100% heard in other, more recent music.

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Mon Nov 15 2021
5

Nice complexity and great sound!

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Mon Nov 15 2021
5

tom sawyer ftw. rock band sent me.

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Wed Nov 24 2021
5

Never a fan as a teen, so I'd never heard the entire album. Oddly enough, my favourite song is the lengthy Camera Eye. The album is a solid rocker - didn't need to add, as it's already part of my music collection.

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Thu Nov 25 2021
5

One of the best Rush albums! love every track

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