Rush – Hold Your Fire (1987/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 50:35 minutes | 604 MB | Genre: Rock
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Hold Your Fire is the twelfth studio album by Canadian rock band Rush, released on September 8, 1987.
Rush’s 1987 release Hold Your Fire blends the band’s trademark progressive rock with more eclectic musical influences, drawn largely from traditional Chinese music. Although the songs on the album feature nearly as much synthesizer and keyboard as its predecessor, Power Windows, the guitar riffs and solos are considerably more prominent here. The single Time Stand Still, a US number three rock hit, includes guest vocals from Aimee Mann of ‘Til Tuesday, marking Rush’s first collaboration with another singer.
Hold Your Fire is an album in the purest sense; infinitely greater than the sum of its parts, it gradually draws in the listener by slowly revealing its nuances and secrets. While the use of keyboards is still overwhelming at times, Geddy Lee employs lush textures which, when coupled with a greater rhythmic and melodic presence from guitarist Alex Lifeson, results in a far warmer sound than in recent efforts. Of course, drummer Neil Peart is as inventive and exciting as ever, while his lyrics focus on the various elements (earth, air, water, fire) for much of the album. Opener “Force Ten” is the band’s most immediate number in years, and other early favorites such as “Time Stand Still” and “Turn the Page” soon give way to the darker mysteries of “Prime Mover” and “Tai Shan.” The multifaceted “Lock and Key” is quintessential Rush, and sets the stage for the album’s climax with the sheer beauty of “Mission.” As was the case with 1976’s 2112 and 1981’s Moving Pictures, Rush always seem to produce some of their best work at the end of each four-album cycle, and Hold Your Fire is no exception.
01 – Force Ten
02 – Time Stand Still
03 – Open Secrets
04 – Second Nature
05 – Prime Mover
06 – Lock And Key
07 – Mission
08 – Turn The Page
09 – Tai Shan
10 – High Water