| September 10, 1996|
10 September 1996
| January—March 1996|
| Bearsville Studios, Bearsville, New York and Reaction Studios, Toronto|
Rock music, Progressive rock, Hard rock
Rush albums, Progressive rock albums
Test for Echo is the sixteenth studio album by Canadian rock band Rush, released in 1996. It marks the final Rush work prior to the tragic events in Neil Peart's life that put the band on hiatus for several years. He recorded a majority of his drum tracks for the album using traditional grip, after receiving drum lessons from jazz instructor Freddie Gruber.
The cover displays an inukshuk, native to the band's home country of Canada. Created by the Inuit, an inuksuk is a stone figure in the shape of a human used to mark a food cache, hunting ground or a place where someone lost their life.
The title track reached No. 1 on the mainstream rock chart. "Driven" became a bass showcase for Geddy Lee during live performances, while "Resist" was rearranged as an acoustic song on the Vapor Trails and R30 tours. Since then, the band has not performed any tracks from the album in concert. It was remastered and reissued twice: in 2004 as a continuation of "The Rush Remasters" set and in 2013 as a part of the box set The Studio Albums 1989–2007.
AllMusic reviewer Stephen Thomas Erlewine gave Test for Echo 3 out of 5 stars, saying that Rush has "rarely played better in the past ten years than they have on Test for Echo."
All tracks written by Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart, except "Test for Echo" written by Lee, Lifeson, Peart, and Pye Dubois.Geddy Lee – vocals, bass guitar, synthesizers
Alex Lifeson – electric and acoustic guitars, mandola
Neil Peart – drums, cymbals, hammer dulcimer
Peter Collins – producer
Clif Norrell – recording
Andy Wallace – mixing
Bob Ludwig – mastering
Hugh Syme – art direction, design and digital illustration
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