For me, Power Windows represents a peak in terms of production and the warmth of Peart's lyrics. I voted "Territories" in part bc I love how it fuses (then) cutting edge technology, Peart's percussion and Edge-style one world guitar heroism (Bono wasn't the only one with a messiah complex in U2) to add texture and detail to the subject of the song. The result is actually a far denser production than it seems -- prog with a decidedly pop veneer. But honestly, you could say similar things about "Mystic Rhythms," "Manhattan Project," "Marathon" or anything else on it, really.
― Naive Teen Idol, Monday, 30 April 2012 01:06 (1 year ago) Permalink
I still prefer Grace Under Pressure, probably because it's "darker", but this doesn't fall too far behind for me.
― Moodles, Monday, 30 April 2012 01:44 (1 year ago) Permalink
Lifeson's solos in "Territories" and "Emotion Detector" put the lie to the suspicion that the synths "overwhelmed" him.
― Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 30 April 2012 01:46 (1 year ago) Permalink
That, and just about everything else he does over the entire album. It is really a great guitar album overall (and bass and drums and synths...)
― Moodles, Monday, 30 April 2012 01:50 (1 year ago) Permalink
Argh, I can't believe I missed this poll. I would have voted for 'Marathon'.
― The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Monday, 30 April 2012 23:53 (1 year ago) Permalink