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4.36 | 2197 ratings

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I don't care what anyone says, this is my all time favoruite Rush album and one of my all time favourite albums.

My brother was actually arguing with me, this morning, saying that he found this album to be weak, and I nearly broke my pacifism pledge and just smack him with any thing I could find.

This song has it all really, the best epic they ever made, the 2 best Rush album tracks and their best instrumental (YYZ is nothing compared to La Villa Strangiato.

This was also the last Rush album to be released in the 70's and the slow electronic and pop disease started to take over them, but what a way to go.

1. Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres - Their best epic. This song is amazing in every way, the amazing lyrics based on Greek mythology, along with Neal Peart's amazing imagination. This song, which is mainly based around E, really does take you on an amazing journey. In my opinion, the prologue of this song is better than the Overture on 2112.I love how the Mind & Heart sections have the same occuring themes & similar structure in order to give a sense of balance (the main topic of this song). After a very confusing battle and a nice ambient section in Cygnus, the end follows off with an amazing folk like chord section and some great vocals from Geddy. The pefect way to end the most perfect epic ever made.

2. Circumstances - The more upbeat song of the album. Love the chorus, and the French which give it a French-Canadian added culture. Amazing instrumental section with some great moog playing from Geddy. Amazing vocal performance from Geddy.

3. The Trees - This song always lyrically reminds me of Lord Of The Rings (Ents). The lyrics of this song are very fable and quite Grim Fairytale like. The instrumental sections are amazing and really show what a band Rush are. Amazing song.

4. La Villa Strangiato - Rush's best instrumental. Very lyrical and the occurring themes make the song alo more enjoyable. Flawless.

CONCLUSION: Their best album. That's all I need to say.

arcane-beautiful | 5/5 |


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