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4 stars Frankly, I don't get it. No; it's not prog. Well, why is it here? Because this is Rush's 1st disc, and Rush are considered the "creme de la creme" of all prog bands. No; Peart hadn't come on the scene yet, so the songs are derivative, and the drum work COULD be called pedestrian. However, there's no feasible way for Neil to have made the disc any better. If he had been there from the 1-count, the presentation might have gone over people's heads. This is a minor point, and the tunes are still fun to listen to. "Finding My Way" is the fastest song on the disc, a 5-minute adrenaline rush that only knows one emotion...aggressive. Lee is screaming his head off for the duration and he screams so loudly (like the last note of the last chorus) that for a second there you feel like he might blow his own head off. The lead is pure adrenaline, a rush of melody so incandescent that it feels like your cranium is being bathed in color. "In The Mood" is the most LZ-derivative, with Lee singing in a rough, raspy tenor reminiscent of Plant's singing on "Rock And Roll". Here, the lyrics take a turn toward sex, with a driving, stomp groove that makes ya wanna get up and dance! I know I felt that way. The whole album is like that...the perfect balance between aggression and melody, like they would bring to fruition later on. IMO...recommended. Geddy Lee didn't touch a synth or keyboard on this disc, and actually wouldn't til "A Farewell To Kings".
sbrushfan | 4/5 |


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