Picks and Pans Review: Power Windows

updated 01/13/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/13/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

Rush

The Canadian trio has produced an album that's polished and large scale, yet there isn't a memorable single in the bunch. Rush's musicianship has improved, especially the guitar lines of Alex Lifeson. The arrangements are imaginatively elaborate, including strings and choral effects. Geddy Lee finally keeps his achingly high vocals within audible range for humans. But the three Rushes short out when it comes to songwriting. Maybe it's their division of labor: Lifeson and Lee create the melodies, and drummer Neil Peart comes up with the lyrics. Peart certainly gives Lee some tongue-tangling challenges. Power Windows is a dubious achievement, like a beautifully framed but otherwise uninteresting painting. (Polygram)

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