by tribestros USER (62 Reviews)
July 8th, 2007 | 105 replies

Release Date: 1976 | Tracklist

Review Summary: 2112's title track is a true epic that manages to be sprawling with it's strange, dystopian story, its wild setup, and it's ambitious feel; and yet its still very influential on all music to come ahead of it. The rest of the album is too disjointed from

Lately, I had hit a brick wall regarding my music. I've suddenly either seen the light, or just gotten ridiculously tired of the bands I used to listen to and enjoy very much. It's been a hard time for me musically; albums like Smashing Pumpkins' Zeitgeist and Silverstein's Arrivals and Departures had let me down; and it was hard to believe I'd hear any good music that was new to me ever again. But as I was digging through my vinyl collection, and my old copy of Rush's 2112 managed to catchy my eye as something new and interesting to listen to; because I'd never really ever given this record a chance on account of the 20-minute epic opening track putting me off. Popping the record in my record player for roughly the second time I'd listened to it, suddenly it became an amazing, sprawling epic that began with the long title track 2112 and the closer Something For Nothing.

There's not one track that isn't good on 2112. Sure, the keyboards aren't really present much in this album, it still manages to kick serious tail and manage to still have that Rush charm. But it's not because Geddy Lee is the lead singer; it has the charm and 'feel' of later Rush albums with the 'epic' feel of this era found in fellow albums such as Hemispheres and Caress of Steel. While the storyline may be a little wild, 'out-there', and a bit outdated, the album is still the ultimate doomsday album.

The title track, 2112 manages to be one of the only 20-minute epics that doesn't come off completely as self-indulgent. It manages to tell a story in-depth that anyone can really understand, while managing to fuse some nice guitar work, Neil Peart's amazing drumwork, and some truly impressive Geddy Lee screaming vocals; especially in the section of 2112, The Temples of Syrinx. The title track, 2112 begins with Overture, which sets the mood and the tone of 2112. But the song truly picks up with The Temples of Syrinx which manages to begin the story of 2112 which begins the story with the antagonists of the story, the Priests of the Temples of Syrinx who are basically the rulers of the universe. It's the best section of the song without a doubt because the guitar riffs are catchy, Neil Peart's drumming is truly great, and Geddy Lee's vocals stretch into the upper reaches of his voice in the verses and choruses. After the harder The Temples of Syrinx, the title track goes into Discovery which is the tale of a human living in the year 2112 who discovers a guitar and begins to play, and eventually presents it to the Priests of the Temples of Syrinx in Presentation and they destroy the instrument. In Oracle: The Dream, he goes into hiding, and dreams of the music the guitar could play, which eventually ends up with him killing himself in the solemn, slower epic Soliloquy. As he dies, the song goes into an epic, guitar riff heavy ending, Grand Finale. The song is truly Rush's best long epic, and may be one of the best songs of all time as it manages to tell the story about as perfectly as a rock band could while still managing to grasp the sound a rock album must have.

The rest of the songs however, are seperated from the rest of 2112 as A Passage to Bangkok, The Twilight Zone, and Something For Nothing sound like typical Rush songs of the time filled with Geddy Lee's high pitched vocals at higher decibel levels mixed with riff-heavy guitars and drumming which leads the songs. That kind of draws away from 2112, as the songs aren't anything special or unique, and drop the whole dystopian theme as a whole pretty easily. But, there's a few other songs which are great other than the grandiose yet excellent title track like Lessons, a really fun, yet unorthodox song for Rush in this period, and it manages to sound like The Temples of Syrinx which really makes the song a great one. Tears is a really slower song, especially for this era in Rush's music; and manages to be much more emotional yet still as good as a typical Rush tune. These songs that close out 2112 are good, but kind of seem disjointed from the rest of the album and almost as filler, which keeps this album from becoming an immediate classic.

But I'm not saying this album isn't a very, very good album; because it is. It's one of the most influential albums of all time; influencing a number of doomsday albums such as Nine Inch Nails' Year Zero. Its pretty simple to see that if Rush would have connected the rest of 2112's tracks to the storyline that the album could have been the best album possibly ever. But make no mistake, its an album that every rock fan should have, and truly is Rush's best album hands down.

A Passage to Bangkok

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July 9th 2007


Album Rating: 4.0

Rush is one of my favorite bands but I don't have a favorite album of theres. This is one of their better ones for sure though, even if it goes down a bit after the title track.

July 9th 2007


I think I got over my writer's block by listening to some good music. This was the first time I'd listened to 2112 in many, many years; so it was a new experience. I just needed some good music. So yeah, I said I was going to take time off but I decided to not because I got over my writers block.This Message Edited On 07.08.07

July 9th 2007


Album Rating: 5.0

[quote="Review"]There's not one track that isn't good on 2112.[/quote] Seriously.

If I ever gave an album a 5 and truly meant it, it would be this.

Great review, much better than your last couple.This Message Edited On 07.08.07

July 9th 2007


Well, I'm honestly just glad I think I've broken out of my funk I was in. My last few reviews were crap.

July 9th 2007


Album Rating: 4.5

i liked ur review. glad rush got u back on ur feet again musically! i love this album. i love em all actually. all 20. or is it 19?...

July 9th 2007


passage to bangkok is great! so is the review

July 9th 2007


Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

This is a decent album, but nowhere near 4.5

July 9th 2007


Good review. Rush are one of the most overrated bands ever.

July 31st 2007


Album Rating: 4.5

I recently saw Rush live and they played Passage to Bangkok as part of their encore. It was a great live show and the video they had to go along with the song was amusing to say the least! This album took me a couple of listens to appreciate, but most music I listen to does. Great Review!

November 15th 2007


Album Rating: 4.5

Incredible album, Tears just brings it down for me.

I definitely agree, they should have connected the entire album, but watever its kick


Btw ValiumMan, there's no way Rush is overrated.

If anything, they're underrated. They have so many great songs

that no one has ever heard of.This Message Edited On 11.14.07

November 15th 2007


Album Rating: 3.5

They're not underrated at all. All three members are widely recognized as being extremely talented. Plus, just having Neil Peart in the band makes it impossible for them to be underrated.

February 3rd 2008


Album Rating: 4.5

Fucking great band, fucking great album. Fucking right.

This is an awesome release, yet my favorite remains Moving Pictures. I need to hear more of their catalog though.

February 3rd 2008


Album Rating: 5.0

2112 and Moving Pictures are about the same to me

2112's title track rips MP, but MP is much more consistent and flowing

February 3rd 2008


Album Rating: 4.5

MP is much more consistent and flowing

True. It is just a more cohesive record. And my favorite Rush song is on it, Red Barchetta.

February 5th 2008


Album Rating: 4.5

Next to the title track I also like Bankok, Tears and Lessons.

It's true that the other than title-tracks feel disjointed; but that's the case with all such albums, whether it's DT's Octavarium or even PF's "Wish you were here".

I can't compare with "Moving Pictures" since I haven't heard that whole album yet. Anyway 2112 is a classic for sure, I would give it a 4.3

February 23rd 2008


Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

2112 is Rush's best album

Every song is a pleasure to listen to

May 18th 2008


Album Rating: 3.0

The title track is fantastic, Passage to Bangkok is awesome... and thats basically it for me. Maybe a few more lsitens will raise my spirits...

June 12th 2008


This album is really good.

September 30th 2008


the title track rules. really hard. Grand Finale just ended, third listen, and its mind blowing! The rest of the album isnt as good, but still awesome. i like Tears a lot

October 2nd 2008


Album Rating: 4.5

This album is really excellent. 2112, A Passage to Bangkok, Tears and Something for Nothing are the highlights (particularly 2112!). The other two tracks however are just average.

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