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  • Audio CD (September 10, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Atlantic / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002JAI
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (218 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #309,021 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Test For Echo
2. Driven
3. Half The World
4. The Color Of Right
5. Time And Motion
6. Totem
7. Dog Years
8. Virtuality
9. Resist
10. Limbo
11. Carve Away The Stone

Customer Reviews

Rush's nineteenth album Test For Echo was released in September of 1996.
Terrence J. Reardon
Maybe it is because I don't have that bias that a Rush album should sound like this or like that I really enjoy this one.
Pedro Ordonez
In the end, the album is vindicated by a few good tracks, but is overall a bit too uneven to be a fully enjoyable listen.
Michael Stack

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32 of 36 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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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Samhot on January 5, 2005
Format: Audio CD
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. B. Link on November 5, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Test For Echo(1996). Rush's sixteenth studio album.
Starting in the early 90s, Rush opted to change themselves into more of a modern hardrock sound dominated by Alex's chugging guitar riffs. This started with Counterparts(1993) and continues to evolve even further with this release. Peter Collins returns to produce again, giving T4E a very polished sound, though not as slick as in past releases (he also collaborated with Rush for Power Windows(1985), Hold Your Fire(1987), and Counterparts). In T4E, the keyboards are used for the last time and have been pushed so far into the background that they're barely audible, concentrating specifically on the guitars.
In hindsight, this album bears many strengths as well as some weaknesses. T4E shares the exact same flaws as Counterparts: certain songs shine very well while others just fall flat. It has its fair share of filler material, which caused both albums to degrade a little bit. However, T4E is far too underrated by most all Rush fans, often called their worst album. I highly disagree. While it's certainly no classic, T4E is much better than what people give it credit for. For instance, unlike Counterparts, T4E is a lot more creative in the musicianship department. Here is where Alex begins to explore guitar textures (something that will be MUCH more employed on the next album, Vapor Trails(2002)). It sacrifices catchy hooks that normally define Rush's music in favor of a deeper method of expression. Arguably, T4E is the most progressive album the band has put out since Hold Your Fire.
T4E's theme is communication, or rather connection through different types of communication. Peart's lyrical ability is still in a bit of a slump right now, though there are some songs where the lack of subtlety is intentional.
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