A Rush album based on groove? Strangely enough yes, and what's even more astonishing is how well it works. Rush have always been known more for technical flash than for straight-ahead rock but Presto
achieves a synthesis of the two that's accessible without compromising. It's strong lyrically, without the heavy-handed symbolism that makes, for instance, "Trees" so difficult to listen to, and the band often gets into a rhythmic groove that's positively infectious; check out "Scars" or "Superconductor". Presto
is also the first Rush album where the incorporation of electronics and synthesizers truly works, instead of sounding like an additional layer artificially added to existing music. This album marked something of a creative rebirth; Rush has turned out consistently strong efforts ever since. --Genevieve Williams
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