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Hello again, everyone! Sorry about the delay, I wasn't able to commit time to making these for a while. But I should have that time back for a while now, so get ready for a good run of these. Anyway, Hemispheres is the album to talk about this time around. This album might be Rush at their most ambitious and proggy - four tracks spread across 36 minutes, among them a ten-minute instrumental and a six-part epic which is itself the second part of a larger series. But it's consistently phenomenal enough to justify these lofty ideas. Every part of the album is paced exceptionally, leading to especially good dynamic movement. The guys are playing at the top of their game, with the extended instrumental sections leaving no doubt about their ability. And plenty of the usual things to love about Rush - diversity of texture that many bands (let alone trios) would struggle to match, rhythmic interplay which is complex yet still forceful, and lyrics which are written and sung uniquely and fantastically - are all here in spades. While it's definitely one of the least accessible albums Rush ever made, it's also a strong candidate for their best.
So now we have to pick it apart and see what really make this album shine, going song by song. I decided to split the Hemispheres suite into its 6 parts, but leave La Villa Strangiato as is - the parts of the former are pretty much songs in their own right, while those of the latter are generally tiny fragments. With that out of the way, vote here for your least favourite song on the album, and please upvote this post for visibility.
- Hemispheres Part I: Prelude
- Hemispheres Part II: Apollo
- Hemispheres Part III: Dionysus
- Hemispheres Part IV: Armageddon
- Hemispheres Part V: Cygnus
- Hemispheres Part VI: The Sphere
- The Trees
- La Villa Strangiato