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East of Lyra
4 stars Rush's finest hour?

Maybe not as an album - but the title track is up there with the best of their songs. Every prog fan should be familiar with this song, an epic twenty minute re-telling of Ayn Rand's novel Anthem with masterful performances by all three musicians. Peart's lyrics on this song are amongst his best, and as ever his drumming is superb. Geddy's bass playing is faultless and his vocals really bring the story to life - the shrieks in the 'Temples of Syrinx' section of the 2112 suite are fantastic. Alex also shines on the title track, the sounds of the protagonist learning to play the guitar in the 'Discovery' section really brings the story to life.

Phew.. Enough about the title track now. After delivering a twenty minute opus, we are left with five shorter songs, all around four minutes long. These offer a great respite from the epic title track, and most are quite fun and catchy. 'A Passage to Bangkok', 'Something for Nothing' and 'Lessons' are all fun and up-beat songs, while 'Tears' and 'The Twilight Zone' are slow and haunting. Interestingly, there is also a chance to hear lyrics which were not penned by Peart - 'Tears' was written by Geddy and 'Lessons' by Alex. The shorter songs on the second side of the album are a solid bunch, and shouldn't be avoided.

4.5 stars really. A must own - Even if it's just for the title track.

East of Lyra | 4/5 |


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