October 04, 1996 at 04:00 AM EDT
We gave it a B

Once again, Canada’s longest running prog-rock band crafts fussy chord changes, tricky guitar solos, and fastidious tom-tom work into one of the most persnickety pleasures around. Rush’s lyrics in Test for Echo may push the kinds of middle-brow pronouncements that would do better boring people on the local op-ed page, and their music may just skirt the sterility of an audiophile test record. But by clearly out-funking the likes of Yes and ELP, Rush prove, at long last, that art rock needn’t be lethal. B

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