Rush – Grace Under Pressure (1984/2015) [Qobuz FLAC 24bit/48kHz]

Rush – Grace Under Pressure (1984/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 00:39:24 minutes | 502 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Q0buz | @ The Island Def Jam Music Group

Largely considered one of Rush’s darkest albums, the million-selling Grace Under Pressure was a response to growing tensions in the Cold War in the 1980s. The album’s running theme is “pressure” and how humans act under its influence. Despite the bleakness of the songs, the band balances elements of ska, funk and reggae and an increasing use of synthesizers and electronics with consistently strong songwriting and typical instrumental virtuosity.

Grace Under Pressure was the first Rush album since 1975’s Fly by Night to not be produced by Terry Brown, who was replaced by Peter Henderson (Supertramp, Paul McCartney). The change resulted in a slightly more accessible sound than its predecessor, Signals, and marked the beginning of a period where many Rush fans feel that synths and electronics were used too prominently — in effect pushing guitarist Alex Lifeson into the background. The songwriting and lyrics were still strong however, as evidenced by the video/single “Distant Early Warning” (a tale about nuclear war) and the often-overlooked highlight “Kid Gloves,” one of the album’s few songs to feature Lifeson upfront. Other standouts include a tribute to a friend of the band who had recently passed away, “Afterimage,” the disturbing “Red Sector A” (which details a concentration camp), and one of Rush’s first funk-based songs, “The Enemy Within.” Whereas most other rock bands formed in the 1970s put out unfocused and uninspired work in the 1980s (which sounds very dated), Rush’s Grace Under Pressure remains an exception. ~ Greg Prato

01 – Distant Early Warning
02 – Afterimage
03 – Red Sector A
04 – The Enemy Within
05 – The Body Electric
06 – Kid Gloves
07 – Red Lenses
08 – Between The Wheels