All Time Top 1100 Albums : Madonna (Erotica) P128

Citizen of Legoland

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Rush - Permanent Waves : 8 / 10

Wish I'd left some more space at the top because I'm having to give this an 8 when I want to give a 7, otherwise it ties with Dylan and that ain't right. Not my favourite Rush album but there's two great tracks (The Spirit of the Radio and Natural Science) bookending 4 okay-ish songs.

Place
Overall
Album
Forum score
Forum place
Me
1​
628​
Rush – Permanent Waves​
8​
2​
189​
Bob Dylan - Bringing It All Back Home​
7​
2​
7​
3​
227​
Talking Heads – Remain in Light​
7.2​
1​
6​
323​
Bad Company - Bad Company​
7​
2​
6​
156​
David Crosby - If Only I Could Remember My Name​
3.6​
7​
6​
6​
119​
The Beatles - Help!​
6.7​
3​
5​
558​
Aretha Franklin - Aretha Now​
6.1​
4​
5​
752​
Beck - Mellow Gold​
4.8​
5​
5​
9​
982​
Beth Orton – Central Reservation​
4.5​
6​
2​
692​
Def Leppard - Euphoria​
2.7​
9​
2​
11​
997​
Carly Simon - No Secrets​
3​
8​
1​
 

BlueHammer85

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Rush - Permanent Waves : 8 / 10

Wish I'd left some more space at the top because I'm having to give this an 8 when I want to give a 7, otherwise it ties with Dylan and that ain't right. Not my favourite Rush album but there's two great tracks (The Spirit of the Radio and Natural Science) bookending 4 okay-ish songs.

Place
Overall
Album
Forum score
Forum place
Me
1​
628​
Rush – Permanent Waves​
8​
2​
189​
Bob Dylan - Bringing It All Back Home​
7​
2​
7​
3​
227​
Talking Heads – Remain in Light​
7.2​
1​
6​
323​
Bad Company - Bad Company​
7​
2​
6​
156​
David Crosby - If Only I Could Remember My Name​
3.6​
7​
6​
6​
119​
The Beatles - Help!​
6.7​
3​
5​
558​
Aretha Franklin - Aretha Now​
6.1​
4​
5​
752​
Beck - Mellow Gold​
4.8​
5​
5​
9​
982​
Beth Orton – Central Reservation​
4.5​
6​
2​
692​
Def Leppard - Euphoria​
2.7​
9​
2​
11​
997​
Carly Simon - No Secrets​
3​
8​
1​

Nice.
 

hilts

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Oooh a Rush album.

I've never been into Rush, but I like most music, so I've given this a proper listen all evening whilst the missus was watching the first series of Ted Lasso in a 5 hour binge.

In 1980 I was listening to AC/DC, The Police, Gary Numan, OMD, Adam and the Ants, Iron Maiden...a weird hybrid mix of rock and the new electronic stuff that was coming through. Sure I branched out onto other plains, Squeeze, The Cure, Stevie Wonder and Billy Joel etc etc but I never went near Rush.

And after two listens I can confirm why.

It's fucking dreary. Sounds like it was aimed at virgins who dress up as wizards at weekends.

I get the fact that they were prog rock. I also get the fact that bands are supposed to progress. Sometimes for the better, hello Depeche Mode, sometimes to the detriment of their music, yes OMD I'm looking at you. But this is neither. It's a piss poor halfway house, still dreary prog and also dreary mid Atlantic rock.

And I fucking hate dreary mid Atlantic rock. it's as though they are saying...

"YES, we can play, oh we can play, we can also write lyrics, oh yes, meaningful lyrics, but let's make it completely devoid of anything interesting. No one will notice and it will sell by the shit load."

Punk had hit, electronic music had hit. Angry pop/rock had hit. Middle of the road rock acts and prog rock acts suddenly felt like they had to adapt. Join in. Be more exciting. And this is the abortion that was the result. And it is an abortion. A fucking cut it out and smack it into a wall to make sure it's dead abortion.

Music for stoners, dullards and virgin wizards.

Oh God, you want a score...

Let's be honest here, Spirit of Radio is ok, but everything else is very samey. Very, very samey. I have no idea how to score it. It washed over me without leaving an imprint. It felt like I hadn't listened to any music at all and I had to put another album on, Talk Talk's seminal offering The Colour Of Spring if you were wondering, just to confirm my ears/ brain were working. This also confirmed that bands can and do evolve in the right direction with beautiful results.

This whole sorry affair has also made me feel a little let down by a couple of posters on here who seemed to know what they were talking about music wise. Rush were shoved on a pedestal and lauded so much that my ears couldn't fail to enjoy the offering.

How wrong they were.

3/10

Best review anyone will likely read for this turgid shite, God I hate this type of music. Thank fuck I never had the misfortune of hearing much from this lot.

Worse songs ever

1. Don't stop believing
2. Whole lotta love
3. Pick any from this album.

1/10 for the video alone which shouldn't count.

Doubt I'll rate anything as low going forward.
 

Banshee

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Brother was a big fan years back, so they were forced on me somewhat. I can say for certain that I'd never knowingly pick Rush out to listen to. They can play, but I never could stand Lee's voice and the tracks just wash over me, not for me.
3/10
 

moggymoz

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11/1000

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Permanent Waves is the seventh studio album by the Canadian rock band Rush, released on January 14, 1980, through Anthem Records. After touring to support their previous album, Hemispheres (1978), the band began working on new material for a follow-up album in July 1979. This material showed a shift in the group's sound towards more concise arrangements and radio friendly songs (such as "The Spirit of Radio" and "Freewill"), though their progressive rock blueprint is still evident with "Jacob's Ladder" and the over nine-minute closer "Natural Science". Bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee also employed a more restrained vocal delivery compared to previous albums. Permanent Waves was recorded in 1979 at Le Studio in Morin-Heights, Quebec with production handled by the group and Terry Brown.

Permanent Waves received a mostly positive reception from critics, and became the band's most successful album at the time of release, reaching No. 3 in Canada and the UK and No. 4 in the US. The album was certified platinum in the latter by the Recording Industry Association of America for selling one million copies. Rush released "The Spirit of Radio" as a single in February 1980 and toured in support of the album in 1979 and 1980.


1. The Spirit Of Radio
2. Freewill
3. Jacob's Ladder
4. Entre Nous
5. Different Strings
6. Natural Science

  • I: "Tide Pools"
  • II: "Hyperspace"
  • III: "Permanent Waves"

Here we go! Review No. 11 - Unbelievable Jeff! after the last few pages of a few of you talking about Rush - it is the band i have been listening to all week. This is Rush entering more of a commercial sound - more so with what i think is their greatest ever track with the opener 'The Spirit Of Radio' .. it is simply awesome - whilst we marvelled at the Lennon/Mccartney partnership for the Beatles - i think it would be equally fair to heap similar praise for the complete musicianship by Geddy, Lifeson and Peart for over 45 years and producing some absolute monster prog rock! Synthesizers are used more than their previous work and lyrically it is more thoughtful. Follow up 'Freewill' is very good and has a great guitar solo - tracks 3,4,5 i have to admit not warming too and switching off a litlle, final track at 10mins long is 'Natural Science' - it's an epic - how do 3 musicians produce so much sound ?! this showcases their talent more than any other and it is hard rock prog at it's finest. play it loud !

Have a good weekend Blues

This placed 628 out of the Top 1000


7/10




Finally BlueHammer85
You've put my favorite band ever in one of your "all timers"
 

Marklr

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4/10
I always thought i would like Rush if they had a different vocalist.
 

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