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2112

Rush

 

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4.11 | 2162 ratings

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Supertwister
5 stars Well I was writing this last night and accidentally clicked on a link that loaded on this page and I lost everything! Everything wasn't actually a lot, I'm still really new to writing reviews.

This was the album for me. This was it!!!

THE album that made me start investigating the prog rock genre. My first Rush album and definately one of my favourites, in fact Rush are my favourite band at the moment and when I first got this album... Boy was I happy.. because that period of time was one of those where I felt as if I was low on good quality interesting music, which basically is an indication that I need more new music. I heard about Rush - my guitar teacher's reply to me bringing up Dream Theater at a lesson was "Oh yeah they're just Rush wannabes!" - so I thought I may as well give an album a listen, and I was doing a little research on what to get. I had a few recommendations in the past for other albums but the sight of the 2112 cover rang a bell so I thought I'd give it a shot.

I found an album that is basically perfect in my eyes (well I should be saying "to my ears") Now I don't believe Rush are Dream Theater wannabes, and when I thought I may as well get an album .. 2112 wasn't my first.. Wow.. am I a bad reviewer or what?! I just realised my first Rush album was "Vapor Trails"... This whole time I've been PRETENDING!! Then again it is really my first taste of the "good old days" of their career and "Vapor Trails" is very different. Let's just say it convinced me to delve into the Rush catalogue a little more.

When I first got it I heard it in it's entirety, which is probably a good thing seeing as I like to listen to albums in that way and this album felt suitable to be listened to in that way.

The title track left my jaw dropped to the ground by the end of it, in fact I remember it hanging a bit at the intro... then when the vocals commenced my jawbone snapped off and fell to the found.

After listening to it a bit and beginning to have an imprint of the structure of the song in my head, I realized there was actually a concept behind this (don't hold this against me! I honestly did not expect there to be a concept behind it at first!). So I thought I'd read the lyrics and information on the net about it. Around that time I saw the film "Equilibrium" and I spotted some similarities within the two plots. Check it out, or if you have seen it, let me know if I'm sane for thinking this.

That song seemed to be packed with everything I wanted in a song at that point in time: heavy good rockin' out moments and also more chill out and really lush times too, high falsetto shrieking vocals, also calm and clean tone as well, grrrreat basslines (as a bassist I loved this!) in fact all the instruments were equally amazing which is what instantly made Rush appeal to me. No member stands out as more popular or talented than another like in popular rock bands like The Doors with Jim Morrison, The Sex Pistols (dare I say it) with Sid Vicious and Johnny Rotten and also Nirvana with Kurt Cobain. Here you just have simple (well complex in contrast to the aforementioned artists!) old Rush, I can't focus on one member being stand out at all, they were all superb on 2112 (plus all other albums I've heard.. but... this is 2112 here not all the other albums).

After the title track I was still in high hopes, and was dreading the chance I could be let down by complete filler. My high hopes had definately paid off because the rest was still great, in fact it let out the tension of patience for the gigantic first track to finish. All these short songs following after 2112 just made it so much more awesome! I mentioned that I played bass earlier, and I even chose for one of my solo assessments at school to do The Twilight Zone! And as far as song selection goes for that sort of thing I'm a perfectionist.

I can't rate this album as a perfect 5... I'd feel insane so... 4.50....

HANG ON!!!! I have to round it! SO IT IS 5 STARS! WOOOOOO!!!

In all seriousness I consider this a masterpiece and feel very wrong for rating it 5 because this is my second review and I feel like some kid that's overrating an album prog nuts find average. This is my first, and it's a special case, but I assure anyone reading this that I only rate 5 stars when I mean it, and I'm fascinated by prog... so there may be a few more 5 stars to come.

Supertwister | 5/5 |

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