RUSH : Grace Under Pressure

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Grace Under Pressure was the first Rush album since 1975’s Fly by Night to not be produced by Terry Brown, who was replaced by Peter Henderson (Supertramp, Paul McCartney). The change resulted in a slightly more accessible sound than its predecessor, Signals, and marked the beginning of a period where many Rush fans feel that synths and electronics were used too prominently — in effect pushing guitarist Alex Lifeson into the background. The songwriting and lyrics were still strong however, as evidenced by the video/single “Distant Early Warning” (a tale about nuclear war) and the often-overlooked highlight “Kid Gloves,” one of the album’s few songs to feature Lifeson upfront. Other standouts include a tribute to a friend of the band who had recently passed away, “Afterimage,” the disturbing “Red Sector A” (which details a concentration camp), and one of Rush’s first funk-based songs, “The Enemy Within.” Whereas most other rock bands formed in the 1970s put out unfocused and uninspired work in the 1980s (which sounds very dated), Rush’s Grace Under Pressure remains an exception.Grace Under Pressure was the first Rush album since 1975’s Fly by Night to not be produced by Terry Brown, who was replaced by Peter Henderson (Supertramp, Paul McCartney). The change resulted in a slightly more accessible sound than its predecessor, Signals, and marked the beginning of a period where many Rush fans feel that synths and electronics were used too prominently — in effect pushing guitarist Alex Lifeson into the background. The songwriting and lyrics were still strong however, as evidenced by the video/single “Distant Early Warning” (a tale about nuclear war) and the often-overlooked highlight “Kid Gloves,” one of the album’s few songs to feature Lifeson upfront. Other standouts include a tribute to a friend of the band who had recently passed away, “Afterimage,” the disturbing “Red Sector A” (which details a concentration camp), and one of Rush’s first funk-based songs, “The Enemy Within.” Whereas most other rock bands formed in the 1970s put out unfocused and uninspired work in the 1980s (which sounds very dated), Rush’s Grace Under Pressure remains an exception.

Released April 12, 1984
Recorded November 1983 – March 1984
Studio Le Studio in Morin-Heights, Quebec
Length 39:23
Producer
Rush, Peter Henderson

All lyrics written by Neil Peart; all music composed by Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson.

Personnel:
Geddy Lee – lead vocals, bass guitar, synthesizers
Alex Lifeson – guitar
Neil Peart – drums, Simmons SDS-V electronic drums, percussion

  1. “Distant Early Warning” 4:56
  2. “Afterimage” 5:04
  3. “Red Sector A” 5:10
  4. “The Enemy Within” (Part I of “Fear”) 4:33
  5. “The Body Electric” 5:00
  6. “Kid Gloves” 4:18
  7. “Red Lenses” 4:42
  8. “Between the Wheels” 5:44