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Tony R
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3 stars Rush's second album and the first to feature the drums and lyrics of Neil Peart.

There is still very a "Led Zep Junior" feel to the album,with only hints at later prog glories.Indeed Anthem,Fly By Night,Making Memories,Best I can and In The End are barely a step up from the debut album in terms of songwriting.Thematically there is a big change- out go the working class hero lyrics and in come Ayn Rand and Tolkien flowing from the eager pen of Neil Peart.

This isnt a bad album-apart from the awful Rivendell.The drumming is of course excellent and there is a tightness and assuredness about the band that was lacking on their debut.What really makes this album a progression from their debut is the killer "By-Tor & The Snow Dog".Fantasy lyrics and fantastic playing are a feature of this mini-epic.The bass growls and the guitar screams as the two heroes of the title battle it out in some Tolkienesque fantasy world and then there is that legendary drumming and drum-roll that announced Peart to the drumming fraternity.Of course,the live version on "All The World's A stage" is the definitive version but this track was the real pointer to Rush's future direction.

Once more,this is not really a Progressive Rock album,so cant be rated as one.A 4 1/2 star heavy rock album,but in terms of Prog, for Rush fans only.

Tony R | 3/5 |


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