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4 stars *The* Rush Album

This album kicked my butt the first time I heard it way back in 1984. From the word go, A Farewell to Kings displays originality, energy, deep concepts and high level of dynamics. It was one of he first albums I listened to during my 'punk' phase that brought me back to the idea of longer songs that I was attracted to with Yes, ELP and Jethro Tull in my younger years. But it had just enough edge that it did not offend the punk bias that I held at the time. Coming on the heels of 2112, an album that defiantly bucked the trend of artists giving in to critical bullying of longer compositions, Rush maintained the 10 minute-plus motif while creating more cohesion within those tunes selected to be that length. And the band again shows their attachment to literature and science fiction with the album's epics, Xanadu and Cygnus x-1. Additionally, the overall recording quality is quite a bit cleaner than previous releases.

This album is a classic and flat out Rush's best work. Even the radio hit Closer to the Heart is a moving and enjoyable classic. However, it falls short of being a genuine masterpiece. 4 stars

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