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Big Rush fan here, and they're still going strong with a new album in the works and a doc, but they peaked in terms of blockbuster sales in the early '80s. They became more idiosyncratic with Power Windows and Hold Your Fire but were still progressing - into heavy keyboard territory and some terrific tunes. With Presto they started looking back at their guitar origins but that album and Roll the Bones (1991) were very polished affairs. It's only with 1993's Counterparts that grunge began to influence the band and they seemed to need to prove they could still rock like the old days - or harder. They've been making the case ever since, with Geddy Lee developing a minor key, diphthong-heavy vocal style in contrast to his more upbeat '70s wail and his '80s more subdued singing. Alex Lifeson has come back to the fore during this period and his nu-metal influences seem to be driving the band's sound. Neil Peart's lyrics remain good, though perhaps cherry-picked more by Lee than in the past, as they are more disjointed and repetitive in final form. The band's latest single "Caravan" (2010) is crisply produced and catchy, though quite derivative of recent work, fairly unusual for the band; but it can be seen as a work-in-progress as the full album is due next year (2011). What will excite many fans is that the album is planned to be a return to the concept album, which they haven't done (aside from general themes connecting an album's songs) since 1979's Hemispheres. The future is still bright.
All who voted against Rush are adopted. Which means no one loves you. No one.
Rush is still great, but Power Windows signaled (um... sorry) the end of their heyday.
Let me make one thing clear, ladies and gentlemen: Rush has NEVER jumped the shark, and NEVER WILL jump the shark. So what if they don't have the #1 songs, the Grammy awards, the fancy cars and all that stuff? They are still popular with people both young and old.
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