Rush

Top 5 Rush Albums/Next Band


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Bluefish

Prowler
I finally finished up my run through all the Rush studio albums, and here’s what I wound up with. Scores are weighted averages, since the early albums in particular have some giant variations in song lengths.

1. Power Windows: 8.7 >
2. Moving Pictures: 8.6 >
3. Hemispheres: 8.2 >
4. Permanent Waves: 8.1 >
5. Vapor Trails: 8.1 >
6. Vapor Trails Remixed: 8.0 >
7. A Farewell To Kings: 8.0 >
8. Clockwork Angels: 7.8 >
9. Presto: 7.7 >
10. Grace Under Pressure: 7.6 >
11. Roll The Bones: 7.3 >
12. Signals: 7.2 >
13. Hold Your Fire: 7.2 >
14. Snakes & Arrows: 7.2 >
15. Fly By Night: 7.1 >
16. 2112: 7.1 >
17. Counterparts: 6.8 >
18. Rush: 6.4 >
19. Test For Echo: 6.3 >
20. Caress Of Steel: 5.7 >

I’ve always felt like more of an 80s Rush guy (specifically from Moving Pictures onward), so it was interesting to see A Farewell To Kings, Hemispheres, and Permanent Waves rate so high this time through. I guess I’ve grown to appreciate them more.

I was surprised that Snakes & Arrows avoided the bottom five — I rarely listen to that one because it never really grabbed me at the album level, but there are a number of good songs on it. I was also a little surprised that Counterparts landed as low as it did, since I played the hell out of it when it was new; but I guess while the production may hold up on that one, the songwriting doesn’t.

It’s still hard to believe that Peart is dead and the band is done, but what a legacy they’ve left behind. By my rating system they had 2 excellent albums, 8 great albums (7 if you don’t double-count Vapor Trails), 7 good albums, and only 3 that were merely OK. That’s a hell of a standard to maintain.

RIP Neil...
I never took the loss of a musician so personally as I did when I heard that Neil died.:(
 

MrKnickerbocker

clap hands
Just finished another discography run! It's been 5 years since my last go through (and 5 years since they retired) and boy was it enjoyable. Lots of numbers coming up:

My updated album ranking is (technically) as follows:

01. Moving Pictures - 9.2
02. Permanent Waves - 9.0
03. Clockwork Angels - 8.8
04. Grace Under Pressure - 8.7
05. Counterparts - 8.3
06. Roll the Bones - 8.2
07. Signals - 8.2
08. 2112 - 8.1
09. Hemispheres - 8.0
10. Power Windows - 7.6
11. Snakes & Arrows - 7.6
12. A Farewell to Kings - 7.6
13. Vapor Trails - 7.4
14. Presto - 7.3
15. Test for Echo - 7.2
16. Fly By Night - 7.0
17. Hold Your Fire - 5.6
18. Caress of Steel - 5.6
19. Rush - 5.2

However, I truly believe that these ratings are not accurate depictions of my favorite Rush albums. Rating Rush based on the average song score per album simply doesn't work due to the wild differences in their album lengths (Hemispheres literally has 4 songs, some albums have up to 13). Thus, my actual preference, roughly adjusted for what I feel are the best albums:

01. Grace Under Pressure
02. Clockwork Angels
03. Moving Pictures
04. Permanent Waves
05. 2112
06. Roll the Bones
07. Signals
08. Counterparts
09. Snakes & Arrows
10. Vapor Trails
11. A Farewell to Kings
12. Test for Echo
13. Hemispheres
14. Power Windows
15. Fly By Night
16. Presto
17. Hold Your Fire
18. Caress of Steel
19. Rush
 
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