Moving Pictures (studio album) by Rush

Moving Pictures by Rush
Year: 1981
Overall rank: 156th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
82/100 (from 1,263 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Best album of 1981 (1st)
Award Top 20 albums of the 1980s (20th)
Award Top 200 albums of all time (156th)

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Moving Pictures is ranked as the best album by Rush.

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Average Rating: 
82/100 (from 1,263 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 82.5/100, a mean average of 81.3/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 82.6/100. The standard deviation for this album is 16.4.

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45/100
From 07/20/2023 16:15
Red Barchetta is great. Overall, not terrible but a bit underwhelming though. But have to say I love Geddy Lee's voice.
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80/100
From 04/04/2023 10:51
This record is a little more inconsistent than I was expecting with around half the tracks being exceptional and the other being mediocre or decent. The first 4 tracks is where this album is at its best with all 4 being instant classics. The musicianship on these songs are just outstanding and its tough not to fall in love with them as soon as you hear them. Just the opening 15 seconds of Tom Sawyer fills me with excitement as I know I am in for one of the best 4 track runs in album history. However, after this we get a slow and lacklustre conclusion that feels quite empty at times. Every time I listen to this album I debate skipping the final 3 tracks as they struggle to captivate me and feel like such a decrease in quality compared to the opening. Vital Signs is the only reason I don't turn it off as that song does have some great moments but it still doesn't compete with their best work. Overall, this does have some of their best work on here but it isn't maintained and so the record lacks consistency and can feel like a disappointment at times.
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80/100
From 02/24/2023 19:06
Clássico!
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90/100
From 09/10/2022 12:50
One of the most immaculately produced prog rock albums I've ever heard, and definitely Rush at its best, even the last tracks that people seem to be least excited about, I find them exceptional in their catalogue. The whole album is great and it deserves its place in the prog rock history.
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80/100
From 03/28/2022 09:19
Considered to be the best Rush album by many, I don't see it this way. I like it a lot. The musicians are excellent. They many to make every track interesting at least.

But not all of the tracks are excellent. Some of the mediocre ones bring it down to 8 out of 10 for me.
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95/100
From 01/21/2022 15:29
Classic RUSH and one of the great albums of all time.
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90/100
From 12/02/2021 14:15
an amazing combination of writing, lyrics, musicianship, style, and beauty. prog rock
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From 11/26/2021 21:11
Buen disco prog. Los músicos son buenisimos. Me cuesta un poco aguantar la voz.
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From 11/04/2021 18:41
At its best, this album soars. Limelight and Tom Sawyer are among the best prog rock songs ever recorded, in my opinion.

YYZ shows off Rush’s considerable chops without becoming tedious.

The final three songs, however, are an example of prog rock without a hook. Tough to get through.
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100/100
From 09/04/2021 09:40
Further to my comment in 2017, I felt the need to update by feeling on this album. Sadly, with the loss of the great Neil Peart, the album will surely become as iconic as Yes Close to the Edge and King Crimson Court of the Crimson King. If I ever generate enough points to produce custom charts, I think this album may well be in first place in my best progressive albums of all time!
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Best Albums of 1981
1. Moving Pictures by Rush
2. Computerwelt [Computer World] by Kraftwerk
3. Discipline by King Crimson
4. Juju by Siouxsie And The Banshees
5. My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts by Brian Eno & David Byrne
6. Time by Electric Light Orchestra
7. Dare by The Human League
8. Faith by The Cure
9. Damaged by Black Flag
10. Deceit by This Heat
11. Youth Of America by Wipers
12. Fire Of Love by The Gun Club
13. Tattoo You by The Rolling Stones
14. Ghost In The Machine by The Police
15. The Ascension by Glenn Branca
16. Heaven Up Here by Echo & The Bunnymen
17. Face Value by Phil Collins
18. Killers by Iron Maiden
19. Movement by New Order
20. Architecture & Morality by Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
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