Rush was clearly getting lost in the 80's sound at this point, but following it pretty well by maintaining hints of their old sound here and there. In Power Windows, however, some of that is lost.
1. The Big Money begins with a guitar slash and synth that just blares in your ears. The bass is really strong in this song, but the guitar is heard much less then the other instruments. As with most of Rush's 80's songs, the bridge is the most interesting part with a guitar solo and some ambiance. The synth gets annoying sometimes, but still a nice catchy song with strong lyrics. (7/10)
2. Grand Designs starts off with the synth leading. The guitar work is ok on this song, but other then a nice guitar solo there isn't really much to say about this song. The synth leads and just makes it a little too poppy for me. (2/10)
3. Manhattan Project starts out with some drum rolls by Peart. The slow synth led beginning actually fits the song well. The lyrics are awesome as well, being about the consequences of the development of the atomic bomb. When the chorus enters the song gets a somewhat dark mood with great guitar. The bridge with violin is awesome and fits the mood perfectly. (10/10)
4. Marathon starts out promising enough with great drums and guitar. Marathon is a pretty good song for what it is. I don't like the chorus, but the rest of the song is ok. (5/10)
5. Territories. Beginning with catchy drums and bass, the song quickly gets heavy in the guitar (At least as heavy as it could get with this era of Rush). The song has nice lyrics being about nationalism and some of the snobbery. Lifeson really conducts great riffs at the bridge. The song is really catchy, not much else to say though. (8/10)
6. Middletown Dreams. Starting out very slow, Peart does give great drum work here. Once the song picks up, the guitar enters but the synth quickly gets annoying. For me it shares the same problem that 'GD' has. (2/10)
7. Emotion Detector enters with interesting instrumentation, but quickly gets way too poppy for me. Again, too poppy for me. (1/10)
8. Mystic Rhythms begins with Peart keeping a great beat on the drums and an ominous mood is set. The synth again actually helps the song, the dark keyboard played combined with the machine-like drums and Lee's strong vocals. This song just always sends chills down my spine. The great bass in the bridge is complimented by Peart's great drumming. A very beautiful song. My favorite from the album. (10/10)
Overall, Power Windows is weaker then Rush's previous two albums. It gets a little too poppy sometimes, and with only a few standout tracks it's not essential by any means. If you do like 80's Rush it is a great addition. Unfortunately, Rush's next release would be their weakest to date.
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