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Grace Under Pressure Appreciation Thread

TelamonLivesOn

GUP Fangirl
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For me, my favorite Rush album was, is, and always will be Grace Under Pressure. The raw emotion on this album is unreal and it makes me really wish I was alive to see the Grace Under Pressure Tour that my father saw. Compared to other Rush albums, this is one of the very few that I can listen to in its entirety without any desire to skip a song. Everything is just perfection.

Distant Early Warning (3rd Favorite) - Awesome opener and introduction to GUP's themes. The Sci-Fi/Dystopian themes are properly introduced here.

Afterimage (2nd Favorite) - My 2nd favorite song on the album, the raw emotion is unmatched to any other Rush song (except one). I wish I had listened to this more when I was younger.

Red Sector A (5th Favorite) - Haunting, dark song that fully embraces its source material. The use of synth violins really sets the eerie tone.

The Enemy Within (8th Favorite) - Despite the fact that this is my least favorite on the album, I still love the shit out of it. An excellent addition to the Fear Trilogy.

The Body Electric (6th Favorite) - I've seen many people say that this is one of the weaker songs on the album, but I respectfully disagree. This song does what it sets out to do: talk about a rogue robot breaking out of its static program (as implied with the mostly-static beat at the beginning of the song). I loved this song as a child and I still do.

Kid Gloves (4th Favorite) - One of Rush's most underrated gems. Unlike the rest of the album, the theme is much more light-hearted and "friendly" compared to the dark themes of the first 3 songs. The guitar solo is off the chain and really makes me wonder why they never played this again (only played it for 2/5 of the GUP tour).

Red Lenses (7th favorite) - Supposedly the "worst" song on the album, due to its funky beat, jazz-like composition, and cheesy lyrics. I personally think this is one of the coolest songs on the album. Even if not the greatest in their catalog, you cannot deny it sounds beautiful in a live setting (heck, they played it to some degree for 3 tours in a row). The middle portion of the song is easily the best portion, with its eerie usage of synths and the guitar to drive home the theme of the "Red Scare".

Between the Wheels (Favorite off the Album):
Thoughts - The song that introduced me to this album, and the song that got me more into Rush. This song is unlike anything you would see on Moving Pictures or any of Rush's 70s albums. This song is a masterpiece. Dare I say that this is Rush's best song out of their massive catalogue? What sets this song above Afterimage is the guitar solo and the dissonance of the synthesizers. I will forever hold this song closer to my heart.
 
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Between the Wheels is also my favorite from Grace Under Pressure, as is Afterimage my second favorite. Those two songs are just so unique to me and give me feelings I don't get from any other song. After that I'd probably rank The Enemy Within at third, Red Sector A fourth, Kid Gloves fifth, The Body Electric sixth, Distant Early Warning seventh, and Red Lenses eighth.

Like you, I think GUP is pretty much a flawless album, so Red Lenses being ranked my least favorite does not mean I dislike it because I do really enjoy it instrumentally, especially when Geddy does the little bass solo for live performances on the GUP tour. Distant Early Warning is probably only ranked so low because it falls victim to what I call the Tom Sawyer Effect, great song that is one of the first to grab you, but after a while the "deeper" songs that may not grab at first start grow on you, and just seem to be overall even better songs and more enjoyable.

As a side note, I know general Rush chat hasn't really taken off on this site, but I appreciate the effort, as it may attract more people to join in the discussion. It's easier for me to ramble on endlessly about Rush history and live-related stuff, but I'll make comments on posts like these when when I can.
 
Between the Wheels is also my favorite from Grace Under Pressure, as is Afterimage my second favorite. Those two songs are just so unique to me and give me feelings I don't get from any other song. After that I'd probably rank The Enemy Within at third, Red Sector A fourth, Kid Gloves fifth, The Body Electric sixth, Distant Early Warning seventh, and Red Lenses eighth.

Like you, I think GUP is pretty much a flawless album, so Red Lenses being ranked my least favorite does not mean I dislike it because I do really enjoy it instrumentally, especially when Geddy does the little bass solo for live performances on the GUP tour. Distant Early Warning is probably only ranked so low because it falls victim to what I call the Tom Sawyer Effect, great song that is one of the first to grab you, but after a while the "deeper" songs that may not grab at first start grow on you, and just seem to be overall even better songs and more enjoyable.

As a side note, I know general Rush chat hasn't really taken off on this site, but I appreciate the effort, as it may attract more people to join in the discussion. It's easier for me to ramble on endlessly about Rush history and live-related stuff, but I'll make comments on posts like these when when I can.
I may try to do more of these "appreciation" threads in the future to try and make this forum a little more active. That being said, I feel your ranking is quite close to mine. It's hard to rank what is already a masterpiece. I feel your opinion is a little more on the "objective" side of things, if you can call it that. Red lenses is still the weakest on the album, but I can't help but love it (hence my rating).
 
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I’m a lifelong fan who cut his teeth on Permanent Waves, and “Red Lenses” is my favorite Rush song. p/g spoke to me in ’84, and I’d require years of musical therapy to figure out why. For goodness sake, a hard rock prog band recorded a New Wave album and succeeded!
 
I’m a lifelong fan who cut his teeth on Permanent Waves, and “Red Lenses” is my favorite Rush song. p/g spoke to me in ’84, and I’d require years of musical therapy to figure out why. For goodness sake, a hard rock prog band recorded a New Wave album and succeeded!
I always feel bad for ranking Red Lenses so low on the Album. I just love it so much. It took me a few listens to get it, but I just cannot ignore it now.
 
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