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In my opinion, this is the first true progressive album by Rush. Though Fly By Night had some progressive elements in the song "By-Tor and The Snow Dog" the band never really solidified itself into the genre until this album was released.

Side One Bastille Day is an awesome song. It has a heavy guitar, along with incredible bass and drums to support. Along with the musicianship, it has fairly good lyrics. Overall, it is my favorite song on the album. I Think I'm Going Bald is definitely my least favorite song on this album. The instrumentation is alright, however the lyrics give no justice to the musicianship. In all honesty, this is probably my least favorite song that Rush has ever written. Lakeside Park is decent. It has kind of bland guitar and bass riffs throughout, however some of Neil Peart's drum fills in this are just flat out awesome. The lyrics also lack the depth of some of the other songs on the album, however i enjoy listening to the song. The Necromancer is a great effort. The musicianship is on point, and the lyrics have some depth to back it up. However it becomes evident when you listen to this song that Rush really hasn't found it's sound yet (The beginning sounds very floydian). But overall, I really enjoy this song.

Side Two The Fountain Of Lamneth is great. Once again the musicianship is incredible, with an interesting subject matter in the lyrics, however it is evident in this song as well that Rush has not quite hit it's stride. I consider Rush to have written 3 Epics (The Fountain Of Lamneth, 2112, and Cygnus X-1: Book II) and this is by far the worst of the three. Not to say that this song is bad, because it's not, however in the other two songs Rush had really established its sound, which in turn makes it much better.

Overall this album is a great listen. If you are a fan of Rush, or even just Classic Prog in general, I would highly suggest that you give this album a listen.

Meegan | 3/5 |


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