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4 stars Just ignore the second side

RUSH were under considerable pressure when they released 2112, their record label was on their backs to release something succesful and Neil Peart decided to show it to them by writing an amazing sidelong epicr. 2112 the song is fantastic, it's one of the best prog epics ever written and it tells a very clear if slightly cheesy story which is an amazing achievement for a piece of music, unfortunately there are 2 sides to a record and the B-side in this case is a waste of time. 2112 starts of ominously with some sound effects before that very distinct syncopated section comes in and then things step up and we here glimpses of a certain classical piece with a similar name. The second part of the song 'The temples of syrinx' is really quite heavy and the chorus is very addictive. Things then quieten down for a bit before the electric instruments return triumphantly. The ending of the song is great, it's quite moving and instrumentally powerful and the voice over at the end is just funny.

The second side of the album is full of 3 minute pop-rock songs and contains no real progressive merit but they aren't overtly bad and because of the sheer greatness of the title track and the influence of this record I think it deserves 4 stars.

FruMp | 4/5 |


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