Rush – Power Windows (1985/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 44:48 minutes | 654 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Q0buz | @ Mercury Records
Power Windows is Rush’s 11th studio album originally released in 1985. The record featured hits “The Big Money,” “Manhattan Project,” “Mystic Rhythms” and more.
Released in 1985, Power Windows launched an era of new sonic directions for Rush as the band embraced an extensive use of synthesizers. Neil Peart’s lyrics focus primarily on various manifestations of power: Manhattan Project explores the origins and consequences of the US military’s development of the atomic bomb, while Territories is a statement on nationalism around the world. This is the 2015 remastered version of the album.
Like much of the band’s ’80s output, Power Windows finds Rush juggling their hard-rock heritage with new technology to mixed results. With Alex Lifeson choosing sparse, horn-like guitar bursts over actual crunch, Geddy Lee’s synthesizers running rampant, and Neil Peart’s crisp, clinical percussion and stark lyrical themes (evoking cold urban landscapes), the result just may be the trio’s “coldest” album ever. Still, it does boast its share of important tracks in “Marathon” and “Manhattan Project,” while offering an energetic, tongue-in-cheeck hit single in “The Big Money.” In an album that rewards patience (repeated listens are the key), the most gripping moments are saved for last, with the beautifully eerie textures of “Mystic Rhythms,” a song that was later used as a concert drum solo showcase for Peart.
Mastering Engineer: Sean Magee at Abbey Road Mastering Studios
01 – The Big Money
02 – Grand Designs
03 – Manhattan Project
04 – Marathon
05 – Territories
06 – Middletown Dreams
07 – Emotion Detector
08 – Mystic Rhythms