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4.12 | 2058 ratings

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2 stars While Moving Pictures is the hard rock fan's favourite Rush endeavour, 2112 is the title of the album that is still spoken in reverence. After all, it contains a glorious paean to music in seven parts - a true epic which inspires us all, no matter what our dreams might be. Of course, debate rages about the root of the lyrics - some consider them to represent strong libertarianism, and as such, repulsive - yet the message is one of music uniting us against oppressors and historical revisionists.

The main problem with the album is that it runs out of prog after 270 seconds. Of course, the 2112 suite has just reached full swing by that time and it unfolds most enjoyably - just not challengingly. Indeed, the only part of the album that is difficult to come to grips with is the overture and by the second play that also passes smoothly.

If you're a hard rock fan, side B of 2112 is a smash hit. This reviewer is not, and considers it a trainwreck. There's still a higher level of play in evidence because the band are who they are, but what's missing, again, is any trace of invention. Rush remain the band that, were someone to overhear you mention them in conjunction with progressive rock, they would be doubtful and mistrusting of your subsequent opinions on music.

So how many stars should I give this one? Two? One? One?! Two.

laplace | 2/5 |


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