Rush
Hemispheres


4.0
excellent

Review

by Killerhit USER (39 Reviews)
April 7th, 2012 | 19 replies | 2,079 views


Release Date: 1978 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The final step in their ascent.

Back to a time when our weary world was young, there was more potency on the radio, more exploration in our rock and roll and, most importantly, the business aspect of music was not so overwhelmingly dominant as it is today. Back then, the 60's and much of the 70's and early 80's, what one heard on the radio as backed by popular demand as much as it was by the ear of discerning jockeys far and wide. It's not that the quality was much better, it's that the popularity of quality wasn't as decidedly...abstract?...as it is today. A band like Rush, at that point in time, had a much easier time than they would have today. Of course, they were establishing their name for years before Hemispheres dropped, but the intense popularity of the record amongst their fan base has as much to do with the visibility it was given at the time as it does word-of-mouth and pre-exposed word-of-mouth.

Truthfully, by the time Hemispheres was released, I think Rush had already run the well dry on the thematic extended-length suite ideas. 2112 was not polished but had an inherent rebellion that applied itself to like-minded listeners. Cygnus X-1 (A Farewell To Kings) had the polish, but lacked the ease of lyrical attachment and emotional impact the former delivered. The conclusion to Cygnus, dominating the first half of Hemispheres, is certainly a technical masterpiece, but suffers from overbearing length, a "been there done that" feel and, perhaps most disappointing, a lack of continuity from the original Cygnus. It's enjoyable in and of itself, but doesn't quite stand the test of time the way other concept pieces of theirs have. No, what truly made this album so memorable were the other three tracks; the enjoyable and underrated "Circumstances", the timeless political/social fable nestled in "The Trees" and the absolutely brilliant, technically stunning instrumental "La Villa Strangiato". These tracks, the latter two especially, would become staples of Rush's set lists from then on.

This would mark the last album in which a Rush song lasted longer than 10 minutes. And I personally think they could have made that decision sooner. It's well apparent via interviews that it was the band's consensus to do away with the extended-length epics in favor of shorter, more concise songwriting. While Hemispheres holds a special place in many a Rush fan's heart, the next time anyone would hear a new Rush song, it would begin with a riff and lyrics that, even today, are instantly recognizable. Hemispheres was, for all intent and purpose, the emptying of the band's "progressive conceptual" phase.

(And yeah, I wrote this before)



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Killerhit
April 6th 2012


5249 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Gah, probably had originally made this too short, or I should have revised this, but whatever.

Funeralopolis
April 6th 2012


11313 Comments


review doesn't really say much about the album itself at all and feels really incomplete. Also it's a 5.

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Funeralopolis
April 6th 2012


11313 Comments


this album has some longer songs on it and other albums have shorter songs /review

Killerhit
April 6th 2012


5249 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Jesus christ superstar, that was quick.


"review doesn't really say much about the album itself at all and feels really incomplete."


Yeah I've written a lot better. Probably should have revised this when I originally wrote it many lightyears ago, but whatever.



"2112 is still my favorite Rush"

I don't care. As long as you like Rush, you're in for life.

ChuckyTruant
April 6th 2012


15715 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

this is my favorite

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Killerhit
April 6th 2012


5249 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"this is my favorite"


I don't think it was bad, per se.



"damn raven"

Hey what can you expect out of me? Everything.

ChuckyTruant
April 6th 2012


15715 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

lolwut you have 4. Which is your favorite?

Killerhit
April 6th 2012


5249 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I honestly don't have a favorite

ChuckyTruant
April 6th 2012


15715 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

weird

ChuckyTruant
April 6th 2012


15715 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

lol. Despite all the metal I listen to, Rush will always be my favorite band

tarkus
April 6th 2012


5560 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

raven hard

DarthMann
April 7th 2012


13815 Comments


RUSH IS MY FAVOURITE BAND

HOPE I CAN SUCK KILL AND SONICS COCK NOW

ChuckyTruant
April 8th 2012


15715 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

la villa strangiato is best instrumental song ever.

Spec
April 8th 2012


27167 Comments


Not good prog unless there's nudity on the cover.

DarthMann
April 8th 2012


13815 Comments


hey atleast i wasnt being a fag about it

Zeppelin14
December 14th 2012


38 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

It's better than a 4. La villa strangiato alone is worth the whole thing

NightProwler
December 14th 2012


6339 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Anything less than a 5 is wrong, honestly

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Chortles
December 14th 2012


17955 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yep

tarkus
December 14th 2012


5560 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

carry the fripp cross chorts its all over for me
but still i get confused about it damn



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