Rush's album Test For Echo was released in September of 1996. The album was the band's first album since 1993's Counterparts. In between albums, bass player/vocalist Geddy Lee and his wife had their second child, daughter Kyla(son Julian was born in 1980). Guitarist Alex Lifeson released his first solo album under the alias Victor. Drummer Neil PEart relearned how to play drums. The band then reconvened in January of 1996 in Bearsville Studios in New York to record Test for Echo once again using Peter Collins as co-producer. The first taste of this album for me was the title cut and was pumped that the new album would use even less synths. They don't even appear on the album to my ears. Aside the killer title cut, my other favorites on this album are Driven, the rocking Half the World, the excellent Time and Motion which had one of Alex's best guitar solos ever recorded on a Rush album ever. Other standouts are the instrumental Limbo which was the first instrumental Geddy, Neil and Alex wrote together since La Villa Strangiato in 1978. Resist is superb as well and was written after Neil saw the movie Braveheart and how Scotland fought resistance to gain freedom. When Test was released, it quickly went Gold and debuted at #5(not bad when competing against REM's flop and the return of a six-piece New Edition which hit #1). If you liked Counterparts or Rush in general, this album is for you. If not, go watch TRL.