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5 stars This is really a great album, one that I have a special place in my heart for. This was my first Rush album that I had listened to, and I absolutly loved it. This is also Rush's break-through album, saving their carrer, because of Caress of Steel being comercially terrible, and every critic hated it, so it really saved Rush's ass. There are many great songs and classics on this album. The epic 2112 was Rush's real taste at comercial success, as it is one of Rush's most famous peices. 2112 is split into 7 peices, Overture,Temples of Syrinx, Discovery, Presentation,Oracle,Soliloquy, and Grand Finale as the Overture and Temples of Syrinx are the most popular parts of the song, but the song as a whole is unified by all of the peices. I will grade each song on a scale of 1-10, 10 being the best, and 1 being the absolut worst (luckily, there is no bad song on this album).

2112- One of Rush's best epics that they have ever made. This features Rush's first real use of a keyboard/synthesizer instrument, as the beginning of the Overture uses it, as a somewhat whistling noise, more or so. The lyrics describe that a man has found an ancient mircale (a guitar), but the instrument, and all music has been banned from the unniverse. The man was hoping that everyone would be happy that he had found it, but the priests (father brown) were very dissapointed, and the man went into hiding. As he was hiding, he decided that he couldn't do it anymore, and he commited suicide, and the beginning of the Grand Finale portion of the song begins. As they lyrics are very mystifying, the music is also incredible, with rolling basslines, crunching, angry, and fierce vocals, as with strong and loud guitar, the snare and bass drums are being pounded on, so many melodic times, making the album 2112, and the song 2112. 10/10

A Passage to Bangkok- Another very popular song to emerge from the concept album 2112. This, lyrically, is a drug destination song, and doing weed, and whatnot (even though the band has never really been known for doing many kinds of drugs, but its a good song). The bass is very strong, with rolling riffs by Alex, and strong drums by Neil. There are 3 firsts on this song, as well. The first is that Geddy uses slap bassing in the chorus section in the song. Second, Geddy uses a double neck Rickenbacher 4001 model with a 6-string guitar as the bottom neck. The third is for the company Rickenbacher, itself. It was the companies first time making the Rickenbacher 4001 model with the 6- string guitar. The music is dazzling in this song, one of the strongest tracks. 10/10

The Twilight Zone- This is, lyrically, interesting, but the music is a little more to be desired, but its still and interesting song all together. The song incorperates 2 episodes of The Twilight Zone, hence the name of the song. The name of the episodes escapes my mind, but they must have been pretty damn good to make a song about it. The drums are a little quiet in this song, but the guitar compliments the drums. This song uses more acoustic guitars than the previous songs. 8.5/10

Lessons- Though its really not that well known, its a really great poppy song. The acoustic guitar is fast, and very melodic with the riffs. The first few minutes are very, well, I can't really put this in a better way, hippie-like, or very mellow. After about a minute or two, it goes very hard rock, with rolling basslines and interesting riffs, with mini guitar solos after very time Geddy sings No you Didn't Listen again! what a great vocal range for Geddy, as well. A stunning song, very polished, pop song, and it fits with the album perfectly. 9/10

Tears- The only composition written by Geddy Lee, and its a very beatiful one, at that. Geddy sings in his normal, but soft, very high voice, hiting the notes perfectly, and very passionatly. The guitar is very sad, and depressed. This is the most prominate use of keyboards, as an extra voice, if you will, in the song. A very touching song, something that the album needed. 8/10

Something for Nothing- This is another pretty popular song that Rush played alot live, and it got some radio air-play will it was popular. The music starts off acoustic, with the electric on chorus, and very background. Geddy hits a little lower this time, but as the electric comes in, hits the high notes almost perfectly, as he always will. The roiling bass is very noticable, and its a very interesting bassline as well. A track that perfectly closes the album. 10/10

The song has great song, and no song is bad. This album is near perfection, and it saved Rush from breaking up, or making another Rush like album.

Rushlover13 | 5/5 |


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