To really be honest here, I'm not sure I've listened to Victor and MFH all the way through a combined four times. Victor is a mess, imo, and MFH is too Born to Be Mild. I like a lot of what one could term mild music (Seals and Crofts spring to mind) but even mild music needs serious song craft to hold it up. For some reason Ged's song craft is best when it's in a more rocking setting.
Victor is a mess but that's one of the things that makes it so interesting. Far more interesting than MFH for me.
This thread has made me spin MFH again after not hearing it for a very long time. Yeah, it's mild and safe. As I said, some good songs but seems to be missing something. It needs a little more punch and definitely needs more Geddy showing off his bass chops. I'm not saying that the whole album should have been like that just more than it was.
My Favourite Headache - Musically, it's one of the coolest on the album and something I would expect from a Geddy Lee solo song. Too bad it's essentially a tease as few of the other songs have this quality about them.
The Present Tense - Not bad. It's got a decent vibe. It sounds to me like a song that could have been on a Rush album from the 90s, or maybe even Presto. Not sure if that's a good thing of not.
Window To The World - I like this song though not sure why. It's just pleasing to me. It's still not what I would have expected from Geddy though
Working At Perfekt - Never liked this song. The whole thing just sounds awkward to me.
Runaway Train - Another song that I like but don't love.
The Angels' Share - I sure don't have anything against slow songs. Rush certainly has their share. This one is pleasing to the ear but otherwise kinda meh
Moving To Bohemia - I think this song is a bit of missed potential. Make it harder rockin' and I think it improves immeasurably
Home On The Strange - Now this is more like it. Ranks up there with the first track
Slipping - I like this song. See comments above for Window to the World
Still - Meh. Doesn't do anything for me. Would work perfectly as a song on an adult contemporary radio station and that should tell you everything.
Grace To Grace - It rocks. It's mellow. Not unlike many a Rush song. Not bad.