Signals

Label
Anthem Records Inc.
Release date
31 Jul 2007
Running length
8 tracks
Running time
42:30

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Subdivisions 5:33 108,008
2 The Analog Kid 4:47 46,392
3 Chemistry 4:58 33,690
4 Digital Man 6:22 36,550
5 The Weapon 6:24 29,952
6 New World Man 3:42 88,056
7 Losing It 4:53 30,777
8 Countdown 5:51 28,898

About this album

Signals is the ninth studio album by the Canadian rock band Rush, released in 1982

Signals was the follow-up to the successful Moving Pictures. Stylistically, the album was a continuation of Rush’s foray into the technology-oriented 1980s through increased use of electronic instrumentation such as keyboards, sequencers, and electric violin. Another noticeable change was in terms of song length and lyrical compression. The album reached #10 on the Billboard album charts and was certified Platinum (1,000,000 copies sold) by the R.I.A.A. in November 1982.

Writing and recording
The writing of the album began in 1981, during soundchecks on the Moving Pictures Tour, which they taped. Coincidentally, parts of “Chemistry” were written by the band at once while they were separated from each other. Lee wrote the keyboard melody for the bridge section, Lifeson wrote the guitar riff for the verse, and Peart wrote the drum beat for the chorus, and in a move unusual for Rush, Lee and Lifeson came with the concept and title for the song and presented rough lyrics for Peart to polish. In April, in Orlando, Florida, the band attempted to watch a launch of the space shuttle. It was canceled because of a computer malfunction, and they finally observed the launch a few days later for inspiration on “Countdown”.

In September, at Le Studio, Quebec, Peart jammed with the road crew on a song, and was joined by Lee and Lifeson. It was recorded later and temporarily titled “Tough Break”.

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  • dr_bun

    every track is a winner

    27 Feb 5:14pm Reply
  • pingywings

    everything from caress to signals is made of solid gold

    26 Feb 6:21pm Reply
  • JoeFMinAZ

    1st Rush album I ever bought (& 1 of the 1st albums altogether I bought). Power windows is their best but this will always be my sentimental fav.

    2 Jan 4:45am Reply
  • Cylob

    Permanent Waves or Signals?

    10 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Daniel_Green

    Great album.

    29 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Nonexistent123

    Great album.

    28 Oct 2013 Reply
  • dr_bun

    I simply cannot get bored of this album, as good any anything they have ever done imo. Its not as epic as their classic period but just as enjoyable

    22 Aug 2013 Reply
  • jpzitoleopold

    Perfection.

    28 May 2013 Reply
  • nicolasbj

    Very good album

    15 May 2013 Reply
  • DrSlump7

    Argh, everyone hates this album. :/ this is my second favourite album by Rush.

    13 Apr 2013 Reply
  • KeIemvor

    The synth period is amazing (except maybe HYF but it's still a decent album). Maybe not as great as the classic period, but great nonetheless.

    4 Apr 2013 Reply
  • MusicMagic77

    There are no "Best album from the synth period" because the synth period SUCKS! You like it or not, this is my opinion and I don't care what you think about it.

    21 Mar 2013 Reply
  • jackalow

    Having spent 10 years listening to all their early albums upto Moving Pictures and then giving this a shot for the first time - I'm liking what I hear.

    1 Mar 2013 Reply
  • dr_bun

    love every second of this beauty

    4 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Nearco

    I never broke the thing but like iron345 I do consider this to be my favourite Rush album now after initially not rating it at all.

    23 Aug 2012 Reply
  • iron345

    When this came out after MP I hated it so much I smashed the LP against my wall. But it is now my favourite Rush album and has my favourite Rush song (Subdivisions). Straighforward sounding on the surface but with hidden depths. One of the only albums I own that I can still listen to again and again and again and not get bored at all.

    11 Aug 2012 Reply
  • sebadagostino

    Very good album

    25 Mar 2012 Reply
  • KeIemvor

    Best album from the synth period.

    18 Mar 2012 Reply
  • JMFG2112

    One of my top albums

    1 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Bentwick09

    sounds a lot like "The Police"..., but very good.... :)

    22 Jul 2011 Reply
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