Rush - Hemispheres
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1978 Ratings: #22
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October 29, 1978 / Release Date
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Not sure why I didn’t connect with this one as much as I wanted. The long track here isn’t as interesting as others I’ve heard, and, while the back half of the album is brilliant, and I can’t seem to get myself to enjoy much of the first two tracks.

Color: Green
FAV TRACKS: The Trees, La Villa Strangiato
LEAST FAV: Circumstances, Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres
Rush through Rush Part 5:

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and somehow Rush were able to both imitate and flatter themselves once again on Hemispheres. The album is so directly influenced from its predecessor that its opening track is a long continuation of the previous albums closer track. It's direct link continues its quality and maintains the experimental and wild side the trio were willing to trail down during the late 70s.

Somehow the group are capable of ... read more
Not much of a RUSH as their other albums, but something more thought provoking and endearing.
Hemispheres is a triumphant moment for the band, and a great final outing to their experimental period.

The first track off the album "Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres" is a continuation of the first Cygnus X-1 Book, the voyage, and overall in its composition, is perfect. The structure is complex, yet clear, the instrumentation is on point and Geddy Lee's vocal performance is Great. Alex Lifeson also shines as a guitar player, from his riffs and solos, everything is just spectacular. ... read more
Hemispheres is the band in their final true experimental phase with the conclusion to the cliffhanger in their previous album, and does feel like a glorified sequel to the other Rush albums in this era, making one of the best progressive rock albums ever with incredible instrumentals especially.

Rush finished off Cygnus’s story from their previous work with Book II, with very entertaining lyrics and variety. The two singles, though short and sweet, show a fantastic message. But, the true ... read more
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Added on: May 8, 2014