Not a member yet?
Click here to register.

Forgotten your password?
Request a new one here.
Latest Comments
Keldian - 2017 Blood Red ...
No, I'm changing my mind ...
Code Red - 2017 Heat Of T...
Yeah, I quite liked this,...
Midnite City - 2017 Summe...
Target - 1979 Taxman [yo...
Cher - 1982 Rudy [youtub...
Cher - 1982 Games [youtu...
Revolution Saints - 2017 ...
Revolution Saints - 2017 ...
Black Sabbath - 1989 Devi...
Black Sabbath - 1989 Head...
Neal Schon - 1989 Softly ...
Getting back into this al...
Neal Schon - 1989 The The...
Valentine - 1990 Where Ar...
Burns Sisters - 1989 Answ...
Distance - 1989 Speech Of...
Distance - 1989 Softly Sp...
Well her real name is Fra...
You must login to post a message.

19-11-2017 09:44
Burn (UK) will have their new album 'Ice Age' released in Japan via Marquee/Avalon on Nov 22. The album is then released worldwide on Jan 19th 2018 via Melodicrock Records.

19-11-2017 09:40
I was a bit cranky last week, waiting for various things to happen with the website transition. God it's good to be back. Didn't Gary Glitter sing a song like that? dogrun

19-11-2017 07:06
Note to all Members. Please review your Message inboxes. Some of these are getting rather large. Thanks.

19-11-2017 03:05
OK, all the YouTube videos are working again. Just use the YT link, and then encase in tags [ youtube] at the start, [/ youtube] at the end. Cool. Thumbs Up

12-11-2017 02:39
Starting to crank out some reviews now. Woah!

Articles Hierarchy
Articles Home » 1984 Articles » Rush - 1984 Grace Under Pressure
Rush - 1984 Grace Under Pressure

ALBUM: Grace Under Pressure
LABEL: Mercury
SERIAL: 818476-1
YEAR: 1984
CD REISSUE: 1997, Mercury, 534 634-2


LINEUP: Geddy Lee - vocals, bass, keyboards * Alex Lifeson - guitars * Neil Peart - drums, percussion

TRACK LISTING: 01 Distant Early Warning * 02 After Image * 03 Red Sector A * 04 The Enemy Within * 05 The Body Electric * 06 Kid Gloves * 07 Red Lenses * 08 Between The Walls

WEBLINKS: www.rush.com

Rolling back the years to 1984, and I will admit to having deserted Rush out of my regular playlist of LP's in favour of Asia, White Sister and Bon Jovi. A pity really, because Rush didn't actually put a foot wrong during this timeframe. The Canadians had embraced technology and in particular the latest brand of synthesizers and outboard gear, and wasted no time in getting to know their new digital friends. Rush seemed to survive the 80's outcasting of older 70's prog related bands with music fans being particularly ruthless. Some changed with the times for the better (Genesis and Yes being two notable examples) while others faded to the fringes.

The Songs
'Grace Under Pressure' is a lyrical album of pessimism - for my money. There are a handful of negative connotations here: threat of nuclear war, holocaust, death, fear, conflict. These are threaded through the songs. Opener 'Distant Early Warning' precedes with musical stylings a la The Police, though the synth overlay provides a point of difference. 'Afterimage' is heavily synthesized, the song deals with the consequences of someone’s' passing and the feeling of loss. The stark driving beat of 'Red Sector A' is a song about a potential Holocaust, it's all pretty bleak to be honest, the music an ideal sound-scape for this lyrical nightmare. 'The Enemy Within' is the first part of the 'Fear' storybook, again it's all very dark and shadowy with music to match. 'The Body Electric' could be 'Digital Man' part II, with its references to digital techno-babble. 'Kid Gloves' is all about dealing with conflict while 'Red Lenses' would have to be one of Rush's weirder moments - best left unmentioned I think.. lol! More bleak sounding synths open the way for 'Between The Wheels'. Not quite as pompy or proggy as Saga, though the staggered delivery of this one would have you wondering whether Messrs Sadler, Crichton, Gilmour, Negus etc didn't have a hand in the songwriting!

In Summary
For me, 'Grace Under Pressure' is a good but not great Rush album. A couple of exceptional songs, particularly 'Distant Early Warning' and 'Red Sector A'. The subject matter was 'hit and miss', a lot of it didn't stick unfortunately. 1985's 'Power Windows' would be their next step. I wonder if this was somewhat prophetic, given the rise to fame and fortune of Microsoft in the next few years.. lol!

All written content on this website is copyrighted.
Copying of material without permission is not permitted.

This article has been tagged
Tags: Rush 
#1 | trillion1999 on October 18 2011 17:57:10
My favorite-tracks from this one are the first three and The Body Electric.I love the video to that one.Rush going overboard with Science Fiction-imagery in their videos is always a good thing IMHO.It helped me to become a fan of Rush just as the Caught In The Act-video with similar futuristic images helped me become a fan of Styx.Wink
#2 | saj on December 20 2013 01:47:44
Grace Under Pressure was a good album, no doubt, but I always had the feeling that it was geared towards the MTV audience.
Post Comment
Please Login to Post a Comment.
Rating is available to Members only.

Please login or register to vote.

100% 100% 0% [No Votes]
95% 95% 0% [No Votes]
90% 90% 0% [No Votes]
85% 85% 67% [2 Votes]
80% 80% 0% [No Votes]
75% 75% 0% [No Votes]
70% 70% 33% [1 Vote]
65% 65% 0% [No Votes]
60% 60% 0% [No Votes]
55% 55% 0% [No Votes]
50% 50% 0% [No Votes]
45% 45% 0% [No Votes]
40% 40% 0% [No Votes]
35% 35% 0% [No Votes]
30% 30% 0% [No Votes]
25% 25% 0% [No Votes]
20% 20% 0% [No Votes]
15% 15% 0% [No Votes]
10% 10% 0% [No Votes]
Articles Cloud
Miles, Jay - 2005 9 Hours, Best Of Decade 2000-2009 - 2010 jeffrey343, Emerald Rain - 2000 Live 2K, Esquire - 1987 Esquire, House Of Games - 2006 Rise And Shine, Big Picture - 1993 Big Picture, Newton, Juice - 1982 Quiet Lies, USM - 2000 Silver Step Child, Hurricane - 1990 Slave To The Thrill, Widowmaker (UK) - 2000 Straight Faced Fighters, Redvette - 1982 Redvette, Poets Of The Fall - 2005 Signs Of Life, Bolton, Michael - 1991 Time Love And Tenderness, Stone Soup - 1997 Spooge, Ashton - 1988 Modern Pilgrims
Slade Magnum Noah Agent Grand Illusion Ozark Mountain Daredevils Larry Lee Straight Eight Mose Jones Steelheart Wounded Bird Nantucket Ten Elevener Helix Rock Candy Records Stray Dog Benedictum Smile (USA) Def Leppard Ali Thomson Revolution Road Goanna Elektradrive Loud And Clear Cheryl Dilcher Donnie Iris Blue Oyster Cult Metalian Tank Ultranite Zaragon Shooting Star
All Tags
Search DDG