ANSD 1073 Test For Echo
Produced by Peter Collins and Rush
Released on September 9, 1996
US CHART POSITION #5 . . . GOLD RECORD
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R ush rocks. Which is all very nice and fine, but for a band that moves mountains I expected more from Test For Echo. There’s no central theme that I can see, no grand statement, not even the guilty pleasure of a good melody; just a lot of intricate machinery, gears grinding, smoke and fire and maybe a few mirrors. The opening trio of tracks were selected as the advance singles, and I would tell you the first two are a fistfull of smart metal. “Half The World,” however, goes soft, sounding like their version of a latter-day Jethro Tull song (metal Grammy, here we come). What follows is the faceless parade of high-energy product, punctuated by a few familiar faces where the Rush of old returns in partial glory (“Totem,” “Resist,” “Limbo”). Counterparts, their last album, had felt like Rush regrouped. Test is Rush re-Rolled: a return to Roll The Bones without the story. Beginning with Grace Under Pressure, Rush released albums that were technically accomplished but lacked the warmth and humanity of their best work. After twenty years, the rushing barbarians have grown more guarded, their grizzled bodies hidden under gleaming metal armor that suggests the sinew of old from a distance. Driven to the edge of a dying century, Rush marks the occasion with a cairn of heavy rocks. Hardly a monumental effort, Test For Echo is merely a marking of time between great adventures. If you’re not intent on owning every Rush album, better to forgo Test and pick up their scent again on Vapor Trails.

ANSD 1073 lyric gatefold ANSD 1073 back cover
ANSD 1073 lyric gatefold ANSD 1073 back cover

TRACK LISTING

  1. TEST FOR ECHO    (Geddy Lee/Alex Lifeson/Neil Peart/Dubois)
  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

    All songs written by Geddy Lee/Alex Lifeson/Neil Peart unless noted. Arrangements by Rush and Peter Collins.

CREDITS

GEDDY LEE -- bass guitar, vocals, synthesizers
ALEX LIFESON -- electric & acoustic guitars, mandola
NEIL PEART -- drums, cymbals, hammer dulcimer
Cliff Norrell -- engineer
Andy Wallace -- mixing
Hugh Syme -- art direction, design and digital illustration
Dimo Safari, Anthony Frederick, Andrew MacNaughtan, Richard C. Negus, Eugene Fisher -- photography

return to RUSH discography

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
CAN September 9, 1996 Anthem CD ANSD 1073  
US/BRA/GER September 9, 1996 Atlantic CD/CS 82925-2/4  
JPN 1996 Anthem CD AMCY-995  
UK/US August 31, 2004 Atlantic CD 83739 digital remaster

 

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