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5 stars A true progressive classic!

This is a masterpiece of an album, Rush's best album to date in my book. Sure, there are only 4 songs on the album, but every singel song is great!

What a way to kick off an album, continuing the story of "Cygnus X-1" from their previous album "A farewell to kings", it sucks you in, messes with your head & imagination through many different complex parts & rythm changes, spits you out again completely drained & messed up. I LOVE IT. 18 minutes of pure bliss. And a great concept as well, the Right & Left hemispheres of the brain dueling each other in Man. Intellect vs Emotion. This is right down my street, intelligent lyrics in intelligent music.

The tracks "Circumstances" & "The Trees" are both shorter songs, but really good ones, and could easily have been on the superb "Farewell to Kings" album. Even some French in the lyrics, haha gotta love that.

And ending the record is the masterpiece instrumental "La Villa Strangiato", and what a way to end an album! Lots of different parts & komplex ruthm changes, and all the guys are just on fire here. Great drumming from Peart, great bass from Lee, and Lifeson really shines here, especially on his guitarsolo, which is stunning. Goosebumps city.

How these guys managed to make this album in 1978, when every other progressive rockband stumbled in the dark, is equally impressive.

A classic, and a MUST HAVE for any Progressive Rock fan!

Moonstone | 5/5 |


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