Test for Echo

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Test for Echo
Rush Test for Echo.jpg
Studio album by Rush
Released September 10, 1996
Recorded January—March 1996
Studio Bearsville Studios, Bearsville, New York and Reaction Studios, Toronto
Genre Progressive rock
Length 53:31
Rush chronology
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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, as well as the final Rush album to be co-produced by Peter Collins.

The cover displays an inuksuk, 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.

For the majority of the album, Peart recorded his drum tracks using traditional grip, after receiving drum lessons from jazz instructor Freddie Gruber.

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.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly (B)[2]
Mojo 3/5 stars[3]
Rolling Stone (favorable)[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[5]

AllMusic reviewer Stephen Thomas Erlewine gave Test for Echo three out of five stars, saying that Rush has "rarely played better in the past ten years than they have on Test for Echo."[1]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart, except "Test for Echo" written by Lee, Lifeson, Peart, and Pye Dubois.

No. Title Length
1. "Test for Echo" 5:56
2. "Driven" 4:27
3. "Half the World" 3:43
4. "The Color of Right" 4:48
5. "Time and Motion" 5:01
6. "Totem" 4:58
7. "Dog Years" 4:55
8. "Virtuality" 5:44
9. "Resist" 4:23
10. "Limbo" (instrumental) 5:29
11. "Carve Away the Stone" 4:06
Total length: 53:31



Technical personnel[edit]


Chart (1996) Peak
Canada Top Albums/CDs (RPM)[6] 3
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[7] 53
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[8] 9
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[9] 45
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[10] 26
UK Albums (OCC)[11] 25
US Billboard 200[12] 5


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[13] Gold 50,000^
United States (RIAA)[14] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Rush: "Test for Echo" > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  2. ^ Jim Farber (October 4, 1996). "Test for Echo Review". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on June 17, 2011. Retrieved June 17, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Rush - Test for Echo CD Album". CD Universe. Retrieved February 23, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Test For Echo". Rolling Stone. December 17, 1996. Retrieved February 23, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Rush: Album Guide". Rolling Stone. Retrieved February 23, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Top RPM Albums: Issue 9509." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  7. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Rush – Test for Echo" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  8. ^ "Rush: Test for Echo" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  9. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Rush – Test for Echo" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  10. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Rush – Test for Echo". Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  11. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  12. ^ "Rush – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Rush. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  13. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Rush – Test for Echo". Music Canada. Retrieved 25 November 2016. 
  14. ^ "American album certifications – Rush – Test for Echo". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 25 November 2016.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

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