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Rush Album Countdown: #11 – #9

Rush Album Countdown: #11 – #9

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I suppose I better get cracking on the rest of this countdown if I'm going to make it in time for the May 1 release of Snakes & Arrows. Today we crack the Top 10, which I guess is a pretty big deal huh? But before we get there let's recap the results thus far: Part 1 (#17 - #15) -- Rush, Hold Your Fire, Roll the Bones Part 2 (#14 - #12) --  Test for Echo, Vapor Trails, Fly by Night Everything on the list so far represents albums that are all very good but uneven. To put it another way, even a mediocre Rush album is better than most other bands' stuff. With that in mind, let us push onward! #11 - Caress of Steel (1975) Caress of Steel is where Rush really started to push the limits of their musical abilities. While the results are not consistently great, this is a cruc
Rush Album Countdown: #17 – #15

Rush Album Countdown: #17 – #15

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In anticipation of the May 1 release of Rush's 18th full-length studio album, Snakes & Arrows, I'll be reviewing the first 17 in order of greatness. I'm skipping compilations and live albums, mainly because none of Rush's compilations or live albums are all that essential. And I'm lazy. That can't be stressed enough. I originally wanted to dedicate a post to each album, but I think that would rightly be seen as a transparent attempt to drag this thing out needlessly. So I'll start with 3 at a time, and we'll see how that goes. #17 - Rush (1974) No surprise here. While by no means a bad album, Rush represents a group that obviously hadn't found their own style yet. Most reviews of this album point out how influenced it is by Led Zeppelin and Cream. Honestly I can't hear the...