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The Crow
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3 stars This album obviously follows the path of "Fly By Night", still very rooted in the 70's hard rock, but increasing the progressive elements...

The main difference is that the band assumed their prog condition, and they offered us two long epics: The Necromancer and The Fountain of Lamneth, with a little irregular results sometimes. Both songs have great parts, but some flaw moments too. The most enjoyable fact is the use of the acoustics and the excellent bass lines... Nevertheless, this two tracks should not be missed by any 70's Rush fans. At the moment of the realease of this album, Rush had not yet the complete abilities to write long tracks with totally satisfactory results... But I'm sure that they learned with this experience, and after "Caress of Steel" came "2112", with the first great Rush's epic.

The short tracks are a little irregular too. Bastille Day is really good, in the same style of the best rocker songs of the two first releases, and the only real classic of this album. But I Think I'm Going Bald it's just forgettable, really silly track... Nevertheless, Lakeside Park is another good song.

Best songs: Bastille Day (good Rush's rocker...), Lakeside Park (I love the acoustic guitar work...) and The Necromancer (it's long, but not boring like The Fountain of Lamneth...)

Conclusion: good transition album, strongly linked with "Fly By Night" but showing an indication of what the band will make in a future. The whole album is a little irregular, but it deserves a good listening.

My rating: ***

The Crow | 3/5 |


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