Hold Your Fire Import, Original recording remastered
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The murky airplane-hangar echo that drenches 1987's Hold Your Fire is at odds not only with the crisp edges of Rush's sound, but with the clarity of the album's humane message. That clarity is relative, of course. Lyricist Neal Peart's still capable of clunkers like "Rising falling at force 10 / We twist the world and ride the wind." Fire's title celebrates inner spirit, though, and its songs are often plainspoken and even moving in a way non-fans might not associate with the band. "Time Stand Still," the record's major single, finds a toned-down Geddy Lee delivering a tale of regret at letting life pass by; then-'Til Tuesday singer Aimee Mann's guest appearance makes the track that much more poignant. Other cuts approach something like small-scale romanticism. Despite its sonic flaws, Hold Your Fire is a fine way into Rush for those put off by the blowhard tendencies of earlier discs. --Rickey Wright
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The album opener, "Force Ten", really grabs you. You know you are in for something different when you hear that choir and then the big clap followed by the guitar chord, then BOOM-CHA-BOOM-BOOM-CHA-BOOM-CHA-BOOM-BOOM! Then the drums come rocking in, Aimee Mann laughs, and we are on our way. The production overall is a bit bright, but it does rock hard. Each section has lots of textures and layers. Unfortunately, the guitar becomes lost at times. I think that some of the synth stuff would have been better if it had been handled by the guitar. Still, after 'Power Windows', this sound is refreshing and full of potential.
"Time Stand Still" is pure pop rock, at least on the surface. It has a really nice sound that marries melody and rhythm so well. This is one of the most widely appealing songs that Rush has ever written. I think that if it had had a much better music video it would have pushed them over the top and given them a world wide hit. I truly thing that their decision to release that video sabotaged this song's chances.
One of the biggest sleepers on this album is "Open Secrets". Even most Rush fans forget about this song. In many ways it is a return to 'Power Windows'--but with a more edgy sound. It has interesting contrasting bright and dark sections. I love the shifting moods.Read more ›
After listening to it more and more, you realize how much the album grows on you and how great it really is, desite what other 'fans' have to say. This record is a beautiful end to the synch era started with Signals and is one of Rush's most solid albums.
Force Ten (10/10) - Some love it, some hate it. I loved it.
Time Stands Still (10/10) - I love the beat of this song, and the female voice really adds bounds to it. No wonder it's a classic.
Open Secrets (10/10) - THIS ONE'S MY FAVORITE. You may find this strange, but it's cleanness and the creative changes in tone, mainly the pre-chorus (Where things are much quieter), makes this one on top of my list.
Second Nature (10/10) - I know, 4 perfects. They deserve it, especially this slower and more emotional tune.
Prime Mover (8/10) - This one's very good, but I never really liked Geddy's bass riff through the chorus, its distracting...Never the less...
Lock and Key (9/10) - Another good song. Your basic rock song.
Mission (10/10) - This one reminds me of 'The Weapon' for some reason. Great song. Another time-tested classic.
Turn the Page (7/10) - This is a fav of many fans, but I just don't see whats so good. Very basic and nothing special, but good.
Tai Shan (9/10) - This one really grows on ya. I hated it the most of the album when I heard it, mostly because of the opening, but it really dows become a great song after some listens.
High Water (10/10) - I love the chorus. Great Ender.
Why are you still reading this? Go have a listen for yourself. Didn't like it the first time? Play it again...and again...and again...
Most recent customer reviews
The remastered sound is great, more bass and the mid-range's a bit less bright than on the original recording. Love every song on this album.Published 2 months ago by dnsquare_06
A really underestimated album from Rush. They have really great music and lyrics. The 80's was their best decade. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Ellen
I'm a Rush fan, so I simply love it. I refreshed my old vinyl collection in new CDs. Perfect sound quality.Published on May 11 2013 by srblanch
80's Rush ususally is met with a real big groan. HYF is not the best Rush album by a mile but it is worth the listen just for Force Ten and Time Stand Still. Read morePublished on Nov. 16 2012 by Tyler B. Hook
3.5 stars. It was obvious with this release that Rush had reached the end of another artistic period, where their newest style of songwriting was becoming stale. Read morePublished on Jan. 14 2004 by D. Knouse
I definitely would not call this music banal, as one critic has written. It is unique through & through; 10 tightly produced, densely layered songs that from time to time show... Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2004
Owning all the Rush albums and after reading many of the reviews I am surprised that this is not the favourite Rush album of a lot of the reviewers. Read morePublished on Nov. 7 2003
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