Moving Pictures (studio album) by Rush

Moving Pictures by Rush
Year: 1981
Overall rank: 150th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
83/100 (from 1,186 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Best album of 1981 (1st)
Award Top 20 albums of the 1980s (19th)
Award Top 200 albums of all time (150th)

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Moving Pictures is ranked as the best album by Rush.

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  Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 86 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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Average Rating: 
83/100 (from 1,186 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 82.6/100, a mean average of 81.3/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 82.7/100. The standard deviation for this album is 16.5.

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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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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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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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From 08/19/2020 19:21
YYZ is a masterpiece! Rating (82.14)
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85/100
From 07/08/2020 19:51
Over all a great album but maybe a little bit unbalanced. Side one is awesome with some of their best and most famous songs. Side two is not as good but OK.
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From 06/17/2020 17:16
Best album from Rush. The last great prog rock album, very good from the first to the last song, hard to pick a favorite. Although it is musically complex, it is easy to hear and enjoy. Very underrated, one of the best albums of the decade.
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From 06/12/2020 17:01
I like the way Geddy Lee sings this album is a top favorite. Best songs: Tom Sawyer, YYZ, Limelight.
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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. My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts by Brian Eno & David Byrne
5. Juju by Siouxsie And The Banshees
6. Time by Electric Light Orchestra
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