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Heavy Prog

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5 stars In my opinion, this is Rush's first five star album.

Rush tried this style on their previous album Caress of Steel, however, they were not able to achieve what they were able to accomplish on this album. It is far more focused than its predecessor and that gives it an edge.

The title track opens up with some spacey synths before going into a typical Rush jam session,one of the best in their history. The song alternates between hard rocking areas and soft sentimental areas. The song itself tells a story about a group of priests who control every aspect of people's lives, including art and music. A young man finds a guitar and learns how to play it. When he brings it before the priests, they destroy. The boy dreams about the "Elder Race", those who originally inhabited earth who provided art and music. Distraught, the boy commits suicide, but in his dying eyes, a rebellion ensues against the priests and the galactic federation (thought to have been by the Elder race). The song ends with someone saying "Attention all Planets of the Solar Federation, we have assumed control." This is ambiguous, as it can be interpreted either as the elder race or the priests saying it.

The following songs after are focused rock songs not lasting over four minutes. "A Passage to Bangkok" is a heavy yet very catchy song. "The Twilight Zone" is ethereal song with a spacey guitar solo. "Lessons" is a simple rocker, yet does its job. "Tears" is a beautiful song that incorporates some mellotron into it. "Something for Nothing", the closing song on the album,features some fantastic lyrics that only Rush can do.

The reason this album gets five stars is because it is Rush in its prog stages, but is far more focused than its predecessor is.

thesleeper72 | 5/5 |


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