Test for Echo Original recording remastered, Import
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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 ›
Most recent customer reviews
Test for Echo, Vapor Trails and to some extent Roll the Bones, are the weakest entries for Rush. For one, it's very grungy. Read morePublished 5 hours ago by J. Boisvert
the CD sounded better-don't know what happened here but something went wrong in mastering this for vinyl, very bad.Published 1 month ago by P. Hattie
I just didn't like this album....and I had been a fan for about 5 years when I bought it. To this day, I still just can't get into it...and I have been a fan for 12 years now. Read morePublished on April 19 2004 by irnmtn25
It is sooo very good to know RUSH is still at it. My sincere condolences go to Neil Peart for the loss of his wife and daughter. I too am a devoted drummer. Read morePublished on Jan. 24 2004 by Robert Wesley
After hearing the over-produced slop that made up their previous album, "Counterparts," I was seriously thinking of holding a funeral for these prog-rock dinosaurs. Read morePublished on Jan. 14 2004 by D. Knouse
If you are new to Rush, I would suggest starting off with an album other than Test for Echo. Not because this album is not good, but because it may be more understandable in the... Read morePublished on Jan. 8 2004 by Sam Bhattacharya
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