Power Windows (studio album) by Rush

Power Windows by Rush
Year: 1985
Overall rank: 2,430th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
76/100 (from 234 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top albums of 1985 (30th)
Award Top albums of the 1980s (371st)
Award Best albums of all time (2,430th)

Rush bestography

Power Windows is ranked 8th best out of 37 albums by Rush on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Rush is Moving Pictures which is ranked number 153 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 10,196.

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Average Rating: 
76/100 (from 234 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 7% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 75.7/100, a mean average of 75.0/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 75.8/100. The standard deviation for this album is 15.1.

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80/100
From 07/19/2022 22:54
Rush's most underrated album. I prefer Power Windows to Grace Under Pressure and Signals, its two predecessors.
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From 05/14/2020 14:18
Pushing much further into synth territory but the bass, drums and guitars are still of such quality. The songwriting is tight and this is still a good Rush album.
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85/100
From 04/10/2020 08:49
'Grace Under Pressure' moved the band out of the progressive arena and into a much more synth based eighties sound which absolutely worked for Rush. A number of excellent synth based albums followed and I sometimes forget how good this one is. 'Manhattan Project' and 'Mystic Rhythms' are personal favourites along with 'Marathon' for those beautiful very eighties synth cords and amazing guitar solo. Interestingly the 'nuclear' theme carried through most of 'Grace Under Pressure' and is touched on through this album too.
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80/100
From 02/25/2019 17:44
When Rush left prog and went full 80s. Lots of great tracks here, specially Manhattan Project.
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90/100
From 12/14/2016 22:21
Horribly underrated Rush album here. 8 cuts, all great. Big Money and Manhattan Project rightfully got lots of love, but the overlooked Emotion Detector also deserves to be a classic.
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75/100
From 06/12/2016 05:01
Having launched their electronic phase on Signals, Rush kept with the sound through the 80s, and they produced the best album of this era in 85 with Power Windows. Their other albums of the era are very hit and miss, but Power Windows is solid all the way through. Even the somewhat weakest tracks on the album "Grand Designs", and "Emotion Detector" are among the best of this era of Rush's career. The stronger tracks on the album are all of the other six, and are possibly the six best tracks from this period is their history. Even if you decide to skip most of this part of their career, Power Windows is a must listen album in the Rush catalog.
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80/100
From 03/15/2016 19:14
This is the first Rush album I bought myself in 1985. I aready taped some albums like Signals & Fly by night. Power Windows was a real disappointment and it's still is after some 30 years. It just lacks great songs a guitar.
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95/100
From 09/10/2015 01:26
This album saved my life. Playing Marathon and Territories over and over brought me out of a depression. The rating is therefore hardly objective. I will say that besides Grand Designs and Emotion Detector, the songs have aged reasonably well (with Rush even playing most of the CD on their Clockwork Angels Tour).

Highlights are:

1. The Big Money (the song really picks up half way through).
2. Manhattan Project: the strings add a nice element.
3. Marathon: Really good solo and the chorus at the end is majestic.
4. Territories: Once you get past the dance beat, the song clicks. Fabulous closing.
5. Middletown Dreams: Great interplay between synth and guitar after the 2:00 mark.
6. Emotion Detector: Outrageous solo but cheesy opening.
7. Mystic Rhythms: Ethereal soundscapes.
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35/100
From 04/26/2014 21:17
yep. this one is truly dissolute. the synths make it bombastic and dramatic. it feels like a great prog rock album. but damn - i just get into this croaking voice. :O(
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From 01/14/2014 06:35
This record in my opinion is sort of the decline of the prime of rush. Its almost their last best record
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