|1. Test For Echo|
|3. Half The World|
|4. The Color Of Right|
|5. Time And Motion|
|7. Dog Years|
|11. Carve Away The Stone|
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.Read more ›
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