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James Lee
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5 stars If they had taken this and "A Farewell to Kings" and made one double-album, it would be one of the classic 'must-haves' of any progressive collection...and neither one of the individual albums would suffer from being too short. Even on its own, "Hemispheres" is my personal choice for best RUSH album; the single best side-length piece they've done, plus the unbeatable instrumental "La Villa Strangiato". "Circumstances" is one of Peart's best 'philosphical musing' songs, alongside "Freewill", and it rocks pretty hard too. "The Trees" is the single best compact representative for their 70s sound; acoustic and lush one moment, heavy and hard the next, with impressive and tasteful synth additions. This is also the last chance we'll see 'classic' RUSH; the days of big AOR hits are coming, and with them comes the change in the band's outlook and method. This is RUSH at their hard progressive best, and despite achieving excellence in other directions, nothing they or anyone else does will ever quite match this album again.
James Lee | 5/5 |


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