Rush – Test For Echo (1996/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 54:37 minutes | 2,01 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: rush.com | @ Rhino Atlantic
Test for Echo is the sixteenth studio album by Canadian rock band Rush, released in 1996. It marks the final Rush work prior to the tragic events in Neil Peart’s life that put the band on hiatus for several years. He recorded a majority of his drum tracks for the album using traditional grip, after receiving drum lessons from jazz instructor Freddie Gruber. The cover displays an inukshuk, native to the band’s home country of Canada.
After flirting (albeit mildly) with alternative rock on Counterparts, Rush returns to classic progressive rock on Test for Echo. Cutting back many of the AOR production flourishes that hampered most of their late-’80s and early-’90s releases, the band concentrates on the sounds and styles that made albums like Moving Pictures huge successes in the late ’70s and early ’80s. Test for Echo is all instrumental gymnastics and convoluted song structures, all of which demonstrate each member’s skills. And the key to the album is the individual performances, since each song isn’t particularly memorable as a song, only as a way to showcase the solos. With Rush, such a tactic isn’t necessarily a bad thing, since they have always been better at playing than writing, and they have rarely played better in the past ten years than they have on Test for Echo.
01 – Test For Echo
02 – Driven
03 – Half The World
04 – The Color Of Right
05 – Time And Motion
06 – Totem
07 – Dog Years
08 – Virtuality
09 – Resist
10 – Limbo
11 – Carve Away The Stone
Source: Download Code from 2015’s Vinyl Reissue.