PRODUCERS: Peter Collins, Rush
Mercury 826 098
The Canadian trio's polished yet vivid rock continues to balance its musical muscle against thoughtful lyric concerns, and this latest set finds percussionist/lyricist Neil Peart discoursing on nationalism, greed, mysticism and the Bomb. If such themes are lofty by current AOR and mainstream pop standards, the energetic playing, which again juggles the band's early progressive rock instincts with newer electronic elements, and Geddy Lee's soaring vocal signature should keep the faith with their platinum constituency. Strongest are "The Big Money," "Manhattan Project" and "Territories."