Rush
Caress of Steel


2.5
average

Review

by Merkaba33 USER (14 Reviews)
April 27th, 2007 | 17 replies | 2,131 views


Release Date: 1975 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This album is not the band’s highlight. In fact Caress of Steel is one of their lower efforts in their entire discography. But while most of the album seems uninspired and dull, two songs hit the mark, and they're the first and last tracks.

Rush:
Geddy Lee – Lead Vocals, Bass
Alex Lifeson – Lead Guitar
Neil Peart – Percussionist

Caress of Steel is Rush’s 3rd studio album and was released in 1975. Yeah, these guys are old.

Rush is one of those bands that usually makes people laugh. And for good reason too. I mean who talks about hobbits and black holes in their songs? And is there anybody that sounds remotely close to Geddy Lee? But as different as these guys are, there’s no denying the musicianship and talent between this group is pretty amazing. Most of the time this band is pretty enjoyable to listen to.

Bastille Day:
This is probably the best song on the album and the one song you would know if you knew any on here. It starts off with a nice catchy riff with Neil showing some of his chops that he’s known for. A nice Lifeson solo comes in about halfway into the song before the band starts to jam it out. They throw in some strange time signatures to keep you off your feet before they end with the majestic outro. Overall, it's a good upbeat song to start the album off.
4/5

I Think I’m Going Bald:
The title of this song shocked me when I first saw it and that’s saying something since this is Rush. The lyrics are pretty ridiculous and pointless. It pretty much talks about going bald...Go figure. The track starts off with a nice catchy tune that sounds like something straight off a Zeppelin album. Lifeson throws in another good solo and Neil remains strong, but there’s nothing really to latch onto in a song like this. The whole thing feels a bit uninspired.
2/5

Lakeside Park:
This song shows a softer side to Rush that hasn’t been exposed too much up to this point. (Except for maybe Rivendell.) It is much lighter than the previous two songs. Another small guitar solo makes it’s way into the song and Neil stays creative but overall it’s a little dull. Some fans like this song more than the others on this album but I think it’s just a little boring.
2.5/5

The Necromancer:
Ah, here’s some of the progressive Rush we’ve been waiting for. Although this song seems to take a little too long to get going. You got to love the voice in the beginning. “journeying into the dark and forbidding lands of the Necromancer.” We’ll get to hear him again about four minutes into the song, and if that’s not enough, he’s in Cygnus X-1 too! This song seems to relate to By Tor and the Snow Dog since By Tor is mentioned. I’m not going to get too in depth with the epic mumbo jumbo, but if you follow the story it can be fun. By Tor and the Snow Dog was apparently inspired by two dogs Rush saw at a party and has become one of the more fun and light hearted songs they perform. But anyways, I’m getting off track. Once again, Neil takes the lead as the main guy, but the others contribute nicely a ways into the song. A nice cheesy sound effect sneaks it’s way into the song around seven minutes as we continue to listen to the band do what they do best: play. They continue to truck their way to the end. Anyways this song is not as good as the next track but it’s still pretty good. The ending sounds like Bastille Day ended, and I do enjoy that.
3.5/5

The Fountain of Lamneth:
And here we are. The true epic of the album. It starts of soft, and then BOOM! Here they are! They flesh out some prog goodness before the cut out at around four minutes. Neil Peart then begins to show why he’s the most well known drummer in the world. Eventually his “Animal like” playing comes to an end and Alex brings us back to a nice tranquil atmosphere. In fact, I really like the riff he comes back in with. Very soothing. Around nine and a half minutes we experience a shift in tone, and Geddy brings in some somber vocals. The song eventually picks up again around the thirteen minute mark and doesn’t let up until the end. While it’s not as good as 2112, It’s definitely one of Rush’s better epics. And while most of the lyrics on this song, and on the album as a whole are just fantasy fun, one quote caught my attention. "Life is just the candle, and a dream must give it flame." And that brings the album to an end.
4/5


This album was released after the highly regarded and somewhat breakthrough album of Fly by Night, so the bar was set pretty high. It takes the progressive feel that By Tor and the Snow Dog established on Fly by Night a little father, with long and complex songs like Fountain of Lamneth, but ultimately fails to capture the energy, creativity, and overall enjoyability the prior album contained. Ultimately I think the album’s biggest problem is it doesn’t have any truly outstanding tracks to attract the listener. Even as good as Bastille Day and The Fountain of Lamneth are, they aren’t Rush’s best. Hey, even Rush said this wasn't one of their favorite albums they put out. So in conclusion I can only recommend this album to the true Rush fans. Either those die hards or possibly those legions of Rush fans that will only listen to Rush prior Permanent Waves. (since this was before that album.)

Final Review: 2.5/5



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Merkaba33
April 27th 2007



702 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Hey how do I make the text show up bold on the review? I'm a newbie. Any aid would help.

tom79
April 28th 2007



3363 Comments


Go like this: [b]text here[/ b] (minus the space).

Good job for a first. It would be nice to add a a little summary at the end of the review though.

Surpirised this hasn't been reviewed before. I think I have this album somewhere, I'll see if I can find it, I like most early Rush.

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jrowa001
April 28th 2007



8750 Comments


ive yet to hear this album even though ive heard most of their stuff. probably will sometime soon. good review

Merkaba33
April 29th 2007



702 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

alright thanksThis Message Edited On 04.30.07

FR33L0RD
July 17th 2007



1461 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Good Review
and indeed, a average album by an amazing bandThis Message Edited On 07.17.07

thebhoy
Emeritus
April 27th 2009



4459 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Least favourite Rush album... pre- '81.

stargazer76
July 8th 2009



218 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This album is better than their 1st 'Rush' or 'Fly By Night'. The four and a half minute 2nd part of the 3 sections of 'The Necromancer' is absolutely superb.

Waior
July 8th 2009



11425 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I think I'm... I think I'm going bald....

stargazer76
July 8th 2009



218 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I Think I’m Going Bald: The whole thing feels a bit uninspired.

shindip
July 8th 2009



3536 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The drum intro of Lakeside Park is awesome. Every song here is pretty good, with no real stand outs. (oh yeah, I Think I'm Going Bald Is Retarded)

stargazer76
July 17th 2009



218 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Merkaba33 - Individually you've given a score of 16 for the 5 songs, which equates to an overall score of 3.2 .

I agree with most of your individual ratings (except track 4 - The Necromancer, which I would have rated much higher).

I can't understand how you have only given this album an overall rating of 2.5, as it is much better than average.

Merkaba33
August 1st 2009



702 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I don't know. I wrote this a long time ago. This whole album is just too dull for me. Especially by rush standards. I had this rated as a 3 at one time but I thought that was being too generous.

shindip
August 1st 2009



3536 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Even if the songs have a higher average, the grade can be dropped for lack of flow, or the pure terribleness of some of the songs (I Think Im Going Bald)

Waior
December 28th 2009



11425 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I'm giving this another chance for reviewing purposes and it's way better than I remembered.

Waior
December 28th 2009



11425 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Nevermind.

KILL
July 29th 2010



70379 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

underrated

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Ire
February 7th 2012



41746 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

agreed



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