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  • Audio CD (August 31, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B0002NRQUW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (225 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,868 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By "mh53465" on December 24, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Almost everyone who hears a new Rush studio album in the 90's refers to it as "the best since Moving Pictures". Although that may be true, I feel that is an unfair statement, because it dismisses all of the work they released in between, many of which were fine works (Roll The Bones, Presto, Grace Under Pressure, and Signals[still my favorite]), as irrelevant in the continuing evolution of this band. Rush has always used a "clean slate" approach with each new project, creating work that is true to their convictions, and in tune with the times. If they had stood pat and attempted to recreate "Moving Pictures" every time they returned to the studio, they would have disappeared like so many other bands that came along, had their 15 minutes of fame, then faded into oblivion.Back to the subject at hand. Test For Echo, while not Rush's greatest work, is still a very solid offering. It continues the more organic musical approach evident during the Counterparts sessions.The use of an American mixing enginneer (Andy Wallace) gives this record a more "alternative" sound, dirtier and less processed. Alex Lifeson's guitars are much more dominant in the mix and have a rawer sound. Geddy Lee's bass work, while it has always been stellar, has reached a new dimension with his experimentations with dropped tunings. And Neil Peart, drummer extraordinare, is excellent, as always. The work he invested in the reinvention of his style definitely paid off. He really grooves here, more than ever before, and his fills are more creative than ever. Let's hope this is not the last testament from Neil (or the band, for that matter) and pray that he finds the inner strength to begin again after the tragedies he has been dealt.Read more ›
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By ven69 on September 4, 2004
Format: Audio CD
While I have little to add to the spot-on sentiments expressed by the first reviewer of this item (the one who aptly referred to the album as "very peculiar"), I have to strongly disagree with the suggestion that Test For Echo is similar to Counterparts, or that you'll enjoy the former if you like the latter. Not by a longshot! Counterparts is a strong album, both musically and lyrically, and is one of my favorite Rush offerings. TFE, on the other hand, lands somewhere near the bottom of my list, with forgettable tunes and lyrics that don't quite jell. It's not a terrible album, and it certainly contains elements that (weakly) attempt to emulate Counterparts...but Counterparts it ain't. And unfortunately, time and repeated listens have done little to change my opinion.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By That Metal Guy on September 25, 2011
Format: Audio CD
It seems that a lot of Rush fans(mainly the casual) have never heard or cared to look into Rush's later works. Some stop at Hold Your Fire, and some even stop after Signals, but recently looking more into Rush's canon, it is foolish not to look into their later works. Starting with Presto, Rush began their Atlantic years, with a somewhat 'return' to their older sound. The fact of the matter is that Presto and Roll the Bones for that matter, are both transitional albums, still both excellent albums, but show the band still somewhat using synths and more slick overtones. Counterparts is where they really shed the mellowish overtones for pure hard rock/crunchy sound. Some may say it was the sign of the times, but Rush has always walked on the mainstream but worked in their own stream. Counterparts featured strong songs, both lyrically and musically, but on here, Test For Echo, it seems they really got it down. All the songs flow so well together on the album, with a great balance of hard hitting guitars, to emotional rhthyms and solos from Alex. This was Neil's first album with his new technique of drumming, and he sounds great, if you really listen to the songs you can hear how well constructed they are. Geddy sounds amazing on the album, vocally and his bass work never dissapoints. Key track would be the title track, Driven, Half The World, The Color of Right, Time and Motion, Dog Years(one of Rush's heaviest songs), Virtuality, Resist(Definately one of Rush's best songs to date and one of my personal favorites), and the instrumental Limbo. So if you're a new Rush fan or an older fan who may have missed out on this or any of the later albums, this one is a great starter, but you really cannot go wrong with any Rush album.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Samhot on January 5, 2005
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Rush has much to be admired for. They still continue to make progressive rock, evolving and growing with each release.

This album seems to flow in a hard-edged, straightforward fashion, yet there are still complex arrangements, particularly Alex Lifeson's guitar parts.

The title track starts off things in a somber, yet energetic way. "Driven" is one of my favorite Rush tracks featuring heavy riffs and catchy chorus'. As usual, Neil Peart's lyrics never disappoint. "Half The World" is one of the most melodic tracks on here, giving this track, as well as many on the album a "worldly" sound to match the "aiming for higher horizons" artwork. "The Color Of Right" is probably the most pop oriented on here. "Time And Motion" is dark, aggressive and complex, featuring a rhythm in 10/8, and bringing reminiscence to such Rush-influenced progressive metal bands as King's X and Tool.

"Totem," while airy/ethereal, is also catchy. "Dog Years," despite the corny title, is one of the hardest rocking tunes on here. The lyrics as usual ARE thought-provoking ("Dog Years/For Every Sad Son of A.....) seem to ring true. "Virtuality" is a funky hard rocker, reminding me of Living Colour. The lyrics I find rather charming, which are about the internet experience (communication without faces or voices). "Resist" is very poignant, deep and arguably the most impressive in terms of combining lyrics and music. Geddy Lee's vocals are very moving (I'm not joking!). "Limbo" is an instrumental in the Rush tradition. It starts with water drops followed by Geddy Lee's funky bass playing. From there, it becomes hard rocking. Once again, reminding me of Living Colour. Also, check out Geddy's echoing voice. "Carve Away The Stone" ends the album perfectly with some complex arrangements, poignant guitar/vocal harmonics and great lyrics.

Overall, Rush continues to progress in their long career, and this is another jewel in the Rush anthology.
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