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HEMISPHERES

Rush

 

Heavy Prog

4.37 | 1561 ratings

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nisandzic
3 stars It is time for me to review this intrigue album, and one of the most known of band called Rush. First, I must confess, I am not much impressed by this work, it sounds good, there are interesting moments here, but some parts do not sound inspiring. First, Cygnus.is less successful brother song of 2112. It has four parts, and first two are simply said guitar-bass-drums masturbation without some special effect on listener (in this case on me). At the end of the second part, Gedy Lee, singer goes too much screaming, and guitar riffs are not much attractive. Third part of this composition sounds good with some synthesizer effects and cool singing, and than again we have stronger sound and singer screams higher notes again. I just do not love these higher notes, nor similar singers like vocalist of Queensryche or Fates Warning, they are not listenable to me. In this category sometimes comes singer of Dream Theater. I think they are all influenced by Gedy Lee. The last and the shortest part of this composition is the finest and most melodic one. Acoustic guitar joins to attractive vocal melody. All in few words: not excellent song to my mind, but not bad.

Second song, Circumstances has catchy riffs at the beginning, and Neal Peart plays so cool here, and dynamically, not so boring like in first song. Then here come some cool synths, but guitar is what bothers me here, there is no solo, and it is alright, but there are no interesting passages, nothing of guitar that could be remembered, only few simpler riffs.

Third song, The Trees has more interesting structure, and warm keyboard that reminds of those in Xanadu song. Here comes fluid and effective guitar solo and there is more of dynamics.

La Villa Strangiato is one of the best instrumental tracks ever; technically superb, melodically rich, powerful, a monument...

Let me now conclude, this is not that much essential album. I am not much fan of the sound in this album, choice of songs is not good, Circumstances and The Trees fit bad in album, and first song has some boring parts (boring to me). I think that Rush have made many better albums, but I still consider this as good work.

nisandzic | 3/5 |

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