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Here, their progressive aspiration is more evident. Yet, the sound is still raw and underdeveloped. The atempted prog songs, The Necromancer and The Fountain of Lamneth, prove it. Clearly they have a hard time with the transition between the different themes and sequences in the songs. Of the two, The Necromancer is my favorite. The mythologic theme is divided in three dintinctive moods, intertwined by a narration passage - a poor way to get the pieces together. The last part is the best, the singing and the guitar echoing perfectly the brightness after the battle and victory against the forces of evil.

Among the first three, standard hard rock songs, the opening track, which drives you right into the album, is the clear highlight, with its French Revolution theme, great guitar riff and very good solo, a very well crafted song.

The Fountain of Lamneth displays very vividly the limitations of Rush in the progressive sound. Like The Necromancer, t doesn't sound anywhere like a whole piece, but a bunch of short songs instead. Some of them would work better alone (cause then you could just skip the weaker parts). Part III, No One at the Bridge, is in such cause. As usual in Rush, its strength are guitar riffs and solo. Were it a single tune, it would be a great one.

All in all, not a bigger improvement compared to the previous album, as it is still considerably erratic. Interesting document of the transition times with one of the best songs in the whole band's catalogue - Bastille Day. Their atempt in progressive sound still falls short, as they don't actually sound progressive. Thus, Caress of Still is not exactly a must-have. Another 3-star rating.

bfmuller | 3/5 |


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