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5 stars "2112" is, listen closely folks, THE GREATEST SONG OF ALL TIME. It is not only my favorite Rush song, it is my favorite song by any band, ever. But, one song never makes an album, as 2112 is merely 20 minutes, theres still almost 20 more minutes. If it weren't for these extra 20 minutes, this would be the greatest album ever, but alas they exist. But they aren't terrible. Here is my track-by-track review of 2112:

0) Artwork: (8/10) It gets the 8 for introducing the starman who would forever be the mascot of Rush. Other than that its pretty plain (which is not a bad thing at all).

1) 2112 (11/10) I know its maybe not allowed, but if there was ever a song deserving an 11, it is this. All twenty minutes are simply amazing, and the band is at they're ultimate high point. I shall review part by part: I. Overture: An amazing instrumental. Really sets the bar for the rest of the song, as every instrument is amazing. II. The Temples of Syrinx: Really incomplete without Overture, this short bit is excellent. III. Discovery: An essential part of the song, very creative how you can listen to the discoverer learn how to play. IV. Presentation: So original how you can hear the man's point of view with the soft guitars, and then the Priests with the harder music. Very well done. V. Oracle: The Dream: Chaotic guitars prompt thoughts of suicide, then the dream. Interesting part, and very emotionally charged. VI. Soliloquy: Pure emotional excellence. Geddy's vocals just add to the emotional guitars to really make you sadden. Maybe the best part of the song. VII. The Grand Finale: Excellent closure to the song. Every time I hear this I think of a battle that occurs over the nation controlled by the Priests. Excellent instrumental, and then it closes with the famous "Attention all plants of the solar federation, attention all plants of the solar federation, attention all plants of the solar federation, we have assumed control, we have assumed control, we have assumed control."

2) A Passage To Bangkok (7/10) Ah, the beginning of the infamous side two of the album. Catchy riffs and chill vocals exemplify the stoner lyrics.

3) The Twilight Zone (7/10) Another catchy, yet not amazing, song. Based off of the show of the same name, this song is a satisfactory, multi-layered song.

4) Lessons (8/10) A fun song with great lyrics. Rush doing what they do, but softer. At least until around the minute and a half mark and then it starts to get edgier. Enjoyable.

5) Tears (7/10) An emotional ballad written by Geddy with beautiful instruments to accompany his vocals, which seem to be comfortable singing along to something that he wrote. Probably one of Rush's best songs in terms of singing, but it's really not Rush.

6) Something For Nothing (7/10) The album ends on a rather disappointing note with this hard rocker. It sounds like something off of Fly By Night, but it is good nonetheless.

Overall: 56/60= 9.3/10= 4.65/5

The title track is the greatest song of all time, but the pedestrian 2nd side slows down this album. But still a definite five star rating here.

jpthehp | 5/5 |


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