RUSH

(CANADA)

HEMISPHERES

(1978)
LABEL:

MERCURY

GENRE:

HARD ROCK

TAGS:
High-pitched vocals, Technical
"Artistically innovative, technically irreproachable, Rush offers us with "Hemispheres" one of the cornerstones on which current progressive rock is built."
DEFNAEL (07.05.2004)  
5/5
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With one of the most enigmatic covers in rock, "Hemispheres" intrigues. A major source of inspiration for Dream Theater, one cannot deny the obvious link between Rush and this band when listening to this half-concept album.

The first track of 18 minutes separated in 5 parts corresponds to the continuation of one of the tracks of the previous opus, in the manner of Dream Theater's "Metropolis part I & II". The music is syncopated, technical and nuanced. The trio outdoes itself and it seems difficult, in this perfect balance, to find an instrument that fails in its task. Incisive, rhythmically irreproachable (the Peart-Lee duo, drummer and bassist respectively, do a remarkable job), this long suite reveals a precision never achieved by the band. The square and almost clinical sound of the guitar, often in arpeggio, makes it easy to isolate the instruments, making every detail audible. Rush's music at this time is unlike any other. It is neither hard rock nor progressive. Artistically innovative, technically unassailable, this band reaches its peak here.

The rest of the album reveals a masterpiece: "La Villa Strangiato", a technical instrumental exercise that was originally supposed to last 40 minutes and was reduced to 9 for commercial reasons. The flamenco-style introduction, torpedoed by a slow, very gradual rise, explodes into an over-the-top rhythm. This track contains an anthology passage that no progressive fan can ignore. The personality of each musician playing typical parts, recognizable among all, is to be noted.

"Hemispheres" is one of the cornerstones on which today's progressive rock is built. Geddy Lee's voice may seem unbearable (very high-pitched) and the whole thing a bit cold, so lovers of romanticism may be disappointed. The others will discover an extreme and personal album that only a few artists are able to deliver.
- Official website

TRACK LISTING:
01. Cygnus X-1 Book I I - 18:04
02. Circumstances - 3:40
03. The Trees - 4:42
04. La Villa Strangiato - 9:35

LINEUP:
Alex Lifeson: Guitares
Geddy Lee: Chant / Basse / Claviers
Neil Peart: Batterie
   
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