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5 stars A superb offerring from one of prog's greatest bands.

The album cover sets put the concept simply and clearly: logic & reason (the business man) stands on one heisphere of the brain while the naked man (emotion love etc) stands on the other. The answer we are told, after listening to the forst side, is in balance: Cygnus. Well there you go: not a philosophical revelation.

The second side is quite spectacular. Plus ca change (Circumstances) is an interstiing song with astute lyrics: there is nothing new under the sun. The Trees is a classic for two reasons: first, it's a great song with poignant humorous lyrics and, second, it allows budding young guitarists to learn a relatively straightforward tune to play on the acoustic which willl generally impress the listeners who do not play ... a la Stariway to Heaven.

The side eands with La Villa Strangiato which remains my favourite Rush track: Lifeson and Peart are peerless, Lee is unique. This is a piece of music which must be heard: take this or exit stage left. Beautiful changes of mood and timing combine to produce a masterpiece.


obiter | 5/5 |


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