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Test for Echo Original recording remastered, Import

3.8 out of 5 stars 146 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Aug. 31 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B0002NRQUW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 146 customer reviews
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1. Test For Echo
2. Driven
3. Half The World
4. The Color Of Right
5. Time And Motion
6. Totem
7. Dog Years
8. Virtuality
9. Resist
10. Limbo
11. Carve Away The Stone

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Format: Audio CD
'Test For Echo' features a gorgeous sound. It is full, hard, loud, and yet clean. It has a great presence, particularly on better systems, which tend to reveal audio limitations the best.

The title track, "Test Four Echo" is like the new "Tom Sawyer". Like that classic track, it features lyrics with attitude and some creative and very cool riffs. There are some fantastic changes in the complex arrangement. Like the best songs on 'Counterparts', the title track here features straight ahead Bass/Guitar/Drums. Alex seems to have laid down thick layers of guitars--although with his inventive playing, this may only be an illusion. It has great tempo and mood changes. This is the first time that we get to hear Neil let loose with his new big band drum style. The song tells a great story, both musically and lyrically. This is one of their all time best.

Everytime that I hear "Driven" I say Wow! It features a great bass driven riff. I love the mix of acoustic and electric guitars--these remind me of The Who. There is also a definite King Crimson influence. It is so nice to have the bass solo (duet, really since a second bass is overdubbed). And, of course, Alex does a great job of creating counterpoint with his sound layers on top of Geddy's solo. This is one of my all time favourite Rush songs. To me, songs with complexities of prog with the intensities of metal are Rush at their best. Rush are not known for making good music videos, but "Driven" is an exception; it is perhaps Rush's best music video.

"Half the World" provides a nice contrast to the intense energy of the two opening tracks. Here we have hard rock with a melody. Alex layers fantastic string sounds with all the guitars and the mandola.
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Format: Audio CD
Any true Rush fan should be able to realize the sheer genius contained in this album. Any person who thinks that they understand Neil Peart's lyrical genius, or the band's musical ingenuity and also thinks that this album is anything short of amazing needs to have a brain scan. I don't believe that you can understand Neil's lyrical styles and the band's musical talent and still think that this is a bad album. It starts strong, and goes hard right til the very last track.
Track 1-Test for Echo, is a strong opening title track. It features some moving guitar riffs and a couple of very tribal drum grooves to back them up.
Track 2-Driven, a strong competitor for my favorite song of all time, the odd time signature changes and excellent acoustic guitar riffs along with very powerful lyrics relating to determination, and success make for an exceptional Rush song.
Track 3-Half the World, a good song that I find to be more and more true the more I think about it and listen to it. Strong musical passages mix with another set of winning lyrics from Neil.
Track 4-The Color of Right, Another song that I find to be more and more true the more I hear it. Lyrics pertaining to making good decisions and things of that such creates a catchy song that I find myself humming from time to time.
Track 5-Time and Motion, starts out with a driving guitar riff, and some excellent synth action(almost all of the synth you'll hear on this entire album occurs during this track), and I think that this is one of the best songson the album by far.
Track 6-Totem, a song that is slightly difficult to understand at times both musically and lyrically, but once you figure it out, atleast I found it difficult to stop listening to it.
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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.
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When Rush started out in the seventies, it was a running joke among critics that the band was far better at playing their instruments than they were at writing songs. Over time though, Rush proved everyone wrong as their songs became more focused without loosing any of their virtuosity. That's why they are a good band.
And that's why Test for Echo feels like a bit of a disappointment. In terms of instrumental proficiency, this CD has to rank among their most accomplished and intricate. But as far as the songwriting department is concerned, Test for Echo also sets Rush back a few notches. In the shadow of Presto, Roll The Bones, and Counterparts, Test for Echo feels like Rush's weakest latter-day album yet.
Things get off to a good start with the title track. Jabs at the public's fascination with the OJ Simpson trial usual don't make for good song verses, but the bulldozing drums and atonal rushes of guitar paired with Geddy Lee's high voice dismiss these shortcomings.
But by the third song, things start to decline. Half the World and The Color of Right both fail to make an impression on the listener with a backdrop of bland music and (dare I say it?) lackluster lyrics.
Totem starts off in the right direction with a catchy and energetic first verse, but the chorus is about the most uninteresting thing to happen in a Rush song. The religious imagery from the lyrics don't seem to point at anything purposeful, which is not indicative of Peart. Dog Years is an embarrasing metaphor for aging. Not only that, but the chorus is worse than the one found in Totem. Just listening to the way Geddy sings Dog Years is enough to make one cringe.
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