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Atlantic/WEA - 2004

Artist: Rush

Rating: stars

I didn't know what to expect at first, but when I gave Feedback a listen I was not disappointed. It's interesting; this legendary power trio from Canada has earned a well deserved reputation as one of the most original progressive rock bands in the world and here they are doing covers. What gives?

What gives, is that through Feedback Rush are paying homage to their roots and those bands that have had an influence on their development as musicians. I think Feedback is just as refreshing as every new Rush offering, and even more so because it gives us a chance to listen to them play regular songs.

The musicianship is impeccable, the mix is right on, and the recording quality is fantastic. This is a job well done. I never thought I'd hear Geddy Lee singing "The Seeker" by The Who, but it sounds excellent. They rock through their renditions of 8 classic songs: Summertime Blues, Heart Full Of Soul, The Seeker, For What It�s Worth, Shapes Of Things, Mr. Soul, Crossroads, Seven And Seven Is.

This is a nice interlude to enjoy between original projects. Packaged to resemble the psychedelic album designs of the 60's and 70's, Feedback is not presented in a jewel case but slipped into the end of a mini record album complete with a spread featuring the band standing before a spacescape of lava lamp blobules. The CD printing even sports a design in the center that resembles the spacer ring used to adapt the wide-holed 45rpm disc to a regular turntable. Funny. By the way, the wider hole on 45s made is easier for them to be handled by the jukeboxes of the day.

It's the little things, and I think that's why Rush fans have come to love this band so much. Feedback is a nice sidetrip that the band has taken, most Rush fans will enjoy it I suspect, and it may bring newer listeners into the fold.

Last Update: 30 Nov, 2019

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