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5 stars The magnum opus of Rush and perhaps my favorite album of all times.

Like most albums you truly treasure, Hemispheres was first introduced to me when I was young by my dad who is as close to a Rush fan-boy you can get without actually being Canadian and hitting people in the mouth on skates(I'm sorry, Canada, that was cheap).

Most of the records that I've listened to since I was a kid are nowadays kept in their dusty corners, cherished but used up. Hemispheres on the other hand has survived all through my life, shifting only in how I view the album, its messages and its music.

At first this was all about the melody for me. I remember being six years old and my daddy playing the opening track on the highest volume possible on his insane stereo-set(this story is also in direct correlation with my present day tinnitus) loving the almost video game like melodies represented within. Then I got older and learned English, only to find that the record I had loved all my life had words of wisdom and meaning within it. As I got even older and started studying philosophy and ideologies it became even better when I for the first time began to comprehend the entire scope of its stories.

Later on I began studying music and again; revelation! I had always known that Rush were supposed to be a band of high musical standards and its hard missing the fact that Niel Peart is highly thought of as a drummer, and again the record grew.

I think that this is the prime example of what makes a classic and what truly constitutes for a five star rating. It gets better as time passes and represents not one but all aspects of what a great album should be about; melody, song structure, production, musicianship, soul, lyricism and perhaps most importantly a sense of "wholeness". Each of these aspects are present here and done so in a virtuoso manner.

For me it never gets better than this. Now or twenty years ago, it makes no difference; Hemispheres is a timeless classic.

Masterpiece! 5/5

Lezaza | 5/5 |


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