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Signals (album)
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Signals (album)

LP & CD by Rush
Released September 25 1982
Recorded 1982
Genre Progressive rock
Length 42 min 18 s
Record label Mercury Records
Producers Terry Brown and Rush
Professional reviews
RollingStone review 2/5 link
ARTISTdirect review 4½/5 link
Rush Chronology
Exit...Stage Left
Grace Under Pressure

Signals is the ninth studio album by the Canadian rock band Rush, released in 1982 (see 1982 in music). The album marked Rush's foray into the techno-oriented 1980s, via the increased use of electronic instrumentation (keyboards, violin). Drifting farther away from their hallmark extended instrumentals, the band turned out a rather "industry standard" eight songs, the longest of which is 6:24. In essence, because of this, many people felt a lot of Rush's 'soul' was missing on Signals but nevertheless, the album is a strong one with an all-around up-tempo feel.

One factor many people tend to overlook in their opinions of this album is the incorporation of some then "new" varied Caribbean influences such as Reggae, Ska, & Calypso, a la another prevalent 1980s trio: The Police.

Close scrutiny of the album's inner artwork (e.g., the "Blueprint") reveals not only their intent to maintain continuity within certain musical and lyrical themes, but also their self-deprecating sense of humour.

The stronger tracks include "Subdivisions" which explores the adolescent misfit subculture which so many of the band's followers have endured; "Digital Man" a fast-paced rocker that showcases bassist Geddy Lee's incredible mastery of both his instrument and its rightful place in the rock genre; "New World Man" an FM-radio staple, and "Countdown" a sublime example of lyricist Neil Peart's descriptive liguistics derived from his many literary influences: "venting vapours like the breath of a sleeping white dragon...", as he recounts the launch of the Space Shuttle 'Columbia' in 1981.

Track Listing

  1. "Subdivisions" - 5:33
  2. "The Analog Kid" - 4:46
  3. "Chemistry" - 4:56
  4. "Digital Man" - 6:20
  5. "The Weapon" - 6:22
  6. "New World Man" - 3:41
  7. "Losing It" - 4:51
  8. "Countdown" - 5:49

(The Track Listing is from the CD Release. This album was originally released on LP and cassette.)


Geddy Lee | Alex Lifeson | Neil Peart | John Rutsey
Studio Albums
Rush | Fly by Night | Caress of Steel | 2112 | A Farewell to Kings | Hemispheres | Permanent Waves | Moving Pictures | Signals | Grace Under Pressure | Power Windows | Hold Your Fire | Presto | Roll the Bones | Counterparts | Test for Echo | Vapor Trails | Feedback
Live albums, Compilations, etc.
All The World's a Stage | Archives | Exit...Stage Left | A Show of Hands | Chronicles | Retrospective I | Retrospective II | Different Stages | | Rush in Rio
Side Project Albums
Victor | My Favorite Headache