The synthesizer is a lost art. When is the last album that you can remember the synths playing such a large part in an entire album (The Contortionist excluded)? I know that many bands have tried using synths and failed, and quite honestly, it’s easy to see why. It’s hard to take an instrument that is very artificial and put it into an unnatural environment. Nearly every Rush album in the 1980s had synths, and while they aren’t my favorite albums from their collection, I love how well the synthesizers fit in with the rest of the song. A parallel can also be drawn to this band, who have released one of the best synth-driven albums in recent memory.