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This is where all their previous prog-rock learning process peaked. There are only four songs, but they are all exceptional. Ranging from 3 to 18 minutes, they display the band's dexterity in different compositional forms.

Hemispheres, the title song, shows that they learned from the mistakes of their predecessors. WIth it, they finally mastered the craft of epic songs. It contains all the virtues you would expect from them: fluidity, cohesion, coherence. Here, they show how they matured in their prog-rock approach. The Trees is among the best songs and the best lyrics of the band - a fable about opression in the woods. Circunstamces is a short but powerful song, with a powerful chorus that some would find strident - but not me. And La Villa Strangiato is a great instrumental that displays all the abilities of the band. Each member has the chance to shine here. Another flawless album, another indisputed masterpiece, another five stars.

Hemispheres is the pinnacle of Rush's prog-rock phase. So, instead of reproducing a formula, the band, restless, would soon be opening and widening their sound to other influences. It makes their sound feel like a perpetual work in progress, a learning process, rather than a finished, prefab product. Build up from this restlessness, they kept original, relevant and influent while the rest of the prog scene slowly stepped out and faded.

bfmuller | 5/5 |


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