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Signals (album)

The album Signals marked Rush's foray into the techno-oriented 1980s, via the increased use of electronic instrumentation (keyboards, violin). Drifting farther away from their hallmark extended instrumentals, the band turned out a rather "industry standard" eight songs, the longest of which is 6:24. In essence, because of this, many people felt a lot of Rush's 'soul' was missing on "Signals," but nevertheless, the album is a strong one with an all-around up-tempo feel.

One factor many people tend to overlook in their opinions of this album is the incorporation of some then "new" varied Caribbean influences such as Reggae, Ska, & Calypso, a la another prevalent '80s trio: 'The Police'.

Close scrutiny of the album's inner artwork (e.g., the "Blueprint") reveals not only their intent to maintain continuity within certain musical & lyrical themes, but also their self-depracating sense of humour.

The stronger tracks include "Subdivisions*," which explores the adolescent misfit subculture which so many of the band's followers have endured; "Digital Man*," a fast-paced rocker that showcases bassist Geddy Lee's incredible mastery of both his instrument and its rightful place in the rock genre; "New World Man*," an FM-radio staple, and "Countdown," a sublime example of lyricist Neil Peart's descriptive liguistics derived from his many literary influences: "venting vapours like the breath of a sleeping white dragon...", as he recounts the launch of the Space Shuttle 'Columbia' in 1981.

Track Listing

  1. "Subdivisions"
  2. "The Analog Kid"
  3. "Chemistry"
  4. "Digital Man"
  5. "The Weapon"
  6. "New World Man"
  7. "Losing It"
  8. "Countdown"

(The Track Listing is from the CD Release. This album was originally released on LP and cassette.)