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One of the first prog albums that I fell in love with (Rush was the band that got me hooked on prog), I realize now that I only love this album for the title track. Rush is in my top en favorite bands, and 2112 is probably one of their greatest songs. Their first true progressive effort Caress of Steel (highly underrated, by the way) failed, but they went back to the studio to rebel and try again to make a truly amazing progressive record, and the title track really makes the entire album worth it.

"2112" is amazing, to put it frank. It was the first long progressive song that I really loved. And you cannot listen to the short 7-minute version, the entire song is definitely the way to go. Based on Ayn Rand's book "Anthem", this album really hits the spot when you want some amazing heavy prog. My favorite section might be "Discovery". Geddy Lee's vocals are very soft and unlike anywhere else on the album, or maybe in Rush's entire discography. "Presentation" shows a dramatic change in the vocals. The entire song has a lot of great transitions, and the guitar solos are great. 5/5 stars

"A Passage to Bangkok" is a pretty good song. Basically about drugs from Asia, there isn't a ton of real content on this song. It does contain a great guitar solo. My second favorite song on the album, it probably deserves a good 4/5 stars.

"The Twilight Zone" is not a good song, in my opinion. I don't like it that much. It transitions from cheesy to dark and eerie. The vocals aren't great, and the musical qualities aren't "hooking" and "catchy". 2/5 stars.

"Lessons" is also not a really gripping song. Short, nothing special here. The musical qualities are not great. In fact, I dislike the music. I don't really like the way Geddy's vocals are (although don't get me wrong, I like Geddy Lee's vocals). 2/5 stars.

"Tears" is a little better, but very average. There is still nothing special about this track. The lyrics are kind of cool, though. The music is a little better. 3/5 stars.

"Something for Nothing" is a good song. I actually enjoy it thoroughly. The lyrics are very controversial, but yet still cool. I like the mood of the song. Overall, a much more upbeat song. 4/5 stars.

The amazing title track definitely secures a 4 star rating for this album. The B-side isn't really that great. Rush has better albums, but it is difficult to like a Rush as much as "2112".

bb1319 | 4/5 |


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