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The Crow
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3 stars Better than "Fly By Night" and "Caress of Steel" in my opinion... But still bellow the best Rush's efforths!

I must say that I absolutely love the opus 2112, the first 20 minutes song of the album... But the rest of the songs don't do too much for me. If the quality of the album were so high as the first track, then I would give it 5 stars without a doubt!

This first side of the album is just great, and one of the most progressive Rush's songs... There are seven related but different sections, all in the same mood and with a coherent structure. Just great! I specially like the acoustic parts, really inspired Lifeson's playing here. The lyrics are a bit confusing, and I have not read the book... But it's not really important, while the music is outstanding. Marvellous long song!

But the rest of the songs are not so good, and it's a pity... Ok, the quality of these tracks is also high. Higher than the previous Rush's short tracks... But there are just good, and not great like the first side of the album. I specially like the acoustic feeling of Lessons, and the frantic Something for Nothing. The rest are not bad, but not really special...

Conclusion: a great first side, and a correct second side... Wich makes this album a bit irregular. The outstanding quality of the tittle track is not matched by the rest of the songs. Some of them are good, like Lessons and A Passage to Bangkok, but the boring Tears is just forgettable, for example. So this is not a masterpiece... But it's still a very good Rush's album, similar in style than the two previous efforths, but clearly surpasing them in quality. So I recommend this album to every prog lover, because the song 2112 is wonderful and really interesting... But the whole album is not one of the Rush's bests. The following albums are far better in my opinion!

My rating: ***1/2

The Crow | 3/5 |


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