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5 stars "Then all at once the chaos ceased..."

Rush make it two in a row.

The Good: The album starts off where the last one ended with Cygnus X-1 Book II. This sprawling 18 minute composition builds on the story of a wayward space traveler sucked into a world of warring deities. Although its not quite as distinguished as 2112, it's definitely up their in terms of quality, so much so that it would easily be the standout track on most albums. But Hemispheres is not like most albums because it closes with La Villa Strangiato, the MOTHER of all instrumentals. A mind-blowing composition that took longer to record than the entire Fly By Night album and this really shows as it is absolutely flawless. The guitar from Lifeson is unmatched by any other song in their long and illustrious career, Lee and Peart aren't too bad either!

The remaining two tracks feel a little bit timid hidden between this pair of behemoths, but they still hold their own and are solid additions to the release.

The Bad: Some of the lyrics are a bit cheesy.

The Verdict: Rush fully establish themselves as prog heavyweights.

Starhammer | 5/5 |


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