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2 stars Fly by night, some progressive moments, many not regressive moments. Though not a horrible album, and actually not a bad classic rock album, I feel the album probably shouldnt be held too high in anyones aresenal, prog fan or not. Geddy Lee does, however, show his amazing skill as a bass player, unlike in the terrible debut album, and Neil is introduced, giving some much needed drum skill to the group for the second album.Then theres Lifeson, the guy who can get away with huge stardom and glory, without ever having to get out of the pentatonic scale, this is very frustrating to me, oh well.

The first three songs, Anthem, Best I can and Beneath between and behind are all your typical three minuete verse chorus verse classic rock song, touching on little to no subject matter. Beneath between and behind is actually a bit more satisfying then the other two, with a catchy chorus and a cool bassline, but as Pearts debut in songwriting, even with Lifeson... disapointing. Things look up as Rush's first mini epic appears as By tor and the snow dog, An awesome display of musicianship and compositional skill, yes even Lifeson is very good on this one, hey! They even mess with time signatures on this song! Now theres the poppy radio singal title song, it's pretty nice, but nothing progressive though. The next two songs, making memories and Rivendell are boring and forgettable. Now there is my favirote song on the album, IN THE END! Just an awesome classic rock song,yuo wont find me saying that very often, but man, this song has some very cool moments, especially the riff and the closing part!

Well, there's my review of this album, though there are some very mediocer moments, there are songs like by tor and the snow dog, and In the end that pull the album up a bit, butI would get hemispheres or some other later seventies stuff than this.


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