Classic Canadian Rockers!
Geddy Lee--Bass and Vocals
Rush are commonly known as the "Canadian Led Zeppelin" and with good reason. a drummer comparable (and some say better) than the great John Bonham, a bassist who is comparable, and mroe overpowering than john Paul Jones, and a guitarist close to Jimmy Page talent wise. Led Zeppelin came around first and got more acclaim sooner. Aside from that, they are just plain great!
2112 contains 6 songs (the fiorst of which is 20+ minutes comprised of 7 parts) I will review it as a whole rather than separatley. (except my fav. 2 parts)<
I'm only doing the best parts of 2112, the whole song is good, but these are the two best parts.
2112-Overture--4:33 of instrumental. It is indeed a kickass opening to the cd
2112-The Temples of Syrinx--continues directly after the overture and with the same tune. nice guitar work, and excellent dsrumming. bass is great too. often Overture and Temples of Syrinx are confused for separate songs, technicall they are, and tecnically they aren't.
2112 as a whole--
im not sure why this song was made this way. the lyrics are not connected that much, and aside from Overture and temples of syrinx,the music changes completely for each of the reamaining 5 parts. it's great, but not spectacular.
A Pasage to Bangkok--
the first song separate to 2112 (and all of it's subparts) has a very catchy guitar driven intro, and when the bass and drums kick in makes the songs very catchy instrumentally. the lyrics aren't catchy (except for the chorus) but all in all a great song, and very rememberalbe (sp?) awesome solo too!
The Twilight Zone--
ok, this is a good song, but in my opinion not a great one. not my least favourite on the album but close. the music is great and the vocals are great, but in my opinion....meh
catchy bass lines, good guitar over the top. Not their best work, but this song is definatley good. mainly driven by soft guitars and drums.
an OK song, nothing overly spectacular. a good song nonetheless
Something for nothing--
quiet song, not too in your face, nice and good. Then it picks up into a good rock song. great solo from Lifeson,m and Lee's bass work is phenomonal as always. Peart is great on drums too! great end to the CD.
this isn't rush's best CD, however it still rocks.
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Side Note: A Passage to Bangkok is about marijuana. I think it was their search for it in asia... I don't know, look at the lyrics and make your own conclusinos thoguh.
i have the album and i dont think 2112/tempels is 20+ mins.... i thot it was like 7 mins top... ill double check tho. nice review tho and this album is awesome!
2112 is 20:33 of complete asskicking nonstop. (It was shortened to only 7 minutes for their compilation Albums which only contains the Overture and Temples of Syrinx.) The song is loosley based on Ayn Rand's Classic Anthem and the anti-collectivist-socialist views ring through. (The Temples of Syrinx Stanza one being histroy, Stanza two being The Priest's Propoganda Speech...)
"We've taken care of everything,
The words you read the songs you sing,
The pictures that give pleasure to your eyes.
One for all and all for one,
We work together common sons,
never need to wonder how or why!"
"Look around at this wold we've made,
Equality our stock in trade,
Come and Join the Brotherhood of Man.
What a nice contended world,
Let the banners be unfurled,
Hold the Red Star proudly high in hand!"
There is a very intricate storyline thoughout the whole Epic of 2112, listen closely to the lyrics and you will be rewarded to a novel with music.
i got the cd burned from a friend so he must of put the compilation version of the song on the cd to save space. im going to get it this weekend tho because i really want to hear the full version now!
If you listen to the lyrics of 2112 or read them the parts have their own message and they are all connected
temple of syrinx - an introduction on the future telling how the priests rule.
discovery - the character finds a guitar, learns to play it, goes to the temples.
Presentation - shos the guitar to the priests, they turn him down. the tempo is slow when he pleads his case and it speeds up and gedie sings louder when the priests reject him.
Oracle the dream - he has a dream where he meets an oracle that brings him to far off land where music and freedom is abundant.
Soliloquy - starts off slow(waking up from the dream) kind of the end for him, hes giving up.
well i hope you understood that!
Album Rating: 5.0
2112 was Rush's first album to gain attention and media around them. Every song contains incredible instrument playing along with amazing lyrics. The intire album is written by neil along with alex on lessons and geddy on tears. It was after 2112 where rush found there style and went on to make great albums. I think it is one of the most well written albums in history. Personal Fav. song from this album, kickass 2112overture.
i do like rush and their music but saying that alex lifeson is even close to the talent of jimmy page is ridiculous!!
Sorry.....................good review though!
Rush always has amazed me. Especially the song 2112. Its like... magical!!! That probably sounds kinda cheesy but yea... u get my point.
Well i see that people have already responded to the part where the 2112 are all connected, just to add, the song is about the year 2112 and earth, the oracle talks about the old humans and how they left earth a long time ago, and how they will come back, at the end, when the character "gives up" the ending is when the humans take over "Attention all planets of the solar federation, we have assumed control" I am a hardcore Rush fan, I have almost all the albums, besides Archives and Chronicles, (I have Chronicles on Cassette, but i am planning to buy the cd.) Geddy Lee has made an impact on my bass playing, when i first started playing, i was playing punk shit and then as soon as I learnt some Rush, I could see my bass playing skills improve. Rush has also made an impact on many other bands and how they play. I rate the album 5/5 not because I am a hardcore Rush fan but because it actually is one of their best albums, tied with moving pictures.
P.S. Passage to Bangkok is a sweet song, but I don't like the fact that Rush had to make a song about drugs and shit, I played the song with my friends in Junior High School
P.P.S. We got first place
Another thing, I don't see why your comparing them to Led Zeppelin, they are totaly different, you should be comparing bands to Rush instead of vice versa
I should spin this sometime...I have it, yet still have not listened to it.
Rush is beastly...I thought at first they must have had at least 5 members. When I found out they were a trio, I was shocked.
man this one is a great one, my thrid rush cd i got. and twilight zome is awesome, 3.5 eh ..
Album Rating: 5.0
This is simply a classic rush album, showing there aggresive side with a heavier sound. Just plain awesome.
Album Rating: 5.0
love this cd
Album Rating: 4.0
Another thing, I don't see why your comparing them to Led Zeppelin, they are totaly different
Yes you can definetly hear the similarities between Zeppelin and rush on their debut, as someone had already mentioned.This Message Edited On 03.09.06
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neil peart will always be better than john bonham. he is the best there is and will ever be.
Album Rating: 3.5
That's where you're wrong. While they are both great drummers, they still bow down before the awesomeness that is Nicholas Barker.
Album Rating: 5.0
Just got this album, awesome! I gotta add though, if you listen really closely, youll notice that unlike what your review says, the parts are related musically. Youll notice each is represented at some point in the overture. Most of the other songs are alright, but here it seems like Geddy just doesnt have control on his voice yet. He improves more after this album. Passage to bangkok is the best non epic here, but it sounds way better live on exit stage left